‘This is not a Banksy!’: street art as aesthetic protest

Hansen, Susan and Flynn, Danny (2015) ‘This is not a Banksy!’: street art as aesthetic protest. Continuum. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1030-4312

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10304312.2015.1073685

Abstract

This paper examines the dialogue and transformation of public space that occurred after Banksy’s Slave Labour was removed without notice from a wall in North London, transported to Miami and listed for auction. Despite the high-profile media coverage of the ‘theft’ of Banksy’s piece, the explosion of new works provoked by its extraction was for the most part simply erased as they appeared. We argue that the excision of Slave Labour provided a ‘gap in the sensible’ (Rancière 2004) and the conditions of possibility for the emergence of a lively local intertextual visual dialogue, which transformed this otherwise apparently unremarkable London side street into an arena for aesthetic protest and critical social commentary.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Banksy; Slave Labour; street art; wall art; mural painting and decoration; politics in art; art thefts; public spaces
Subjects: 700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 710 Civic & landscape art
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 750 Painting & paintings
700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 770 Photography, photographs & computer art
Department: The CASS
Depositing User: Danny Flynn
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2016 12:31
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2016 12:34
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/832

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