The latest piece from the UK’s infamously unknown street artist, Banksy (banksy.co.uk), is a direct critique of the French police’s alleged use of teargas in the immigration camp of Calais, France. The work, which showed up sometime on Saturday January 23, 2016, was covered by two ply-boards today, Monday January 25, 2016, less than 48 hours after it appeared.
The piece depicts the well-known image of the young girl, Cosette, from the musical Les Misérables in front of the French flag amid CS gas fumes (teargas) with added tears streaming down her face. Accompanying the painting is a QR code that links to an online video of French police clearing a part of the camp recently on January 5, 2016. This is Banksy’s first street piece with a digital interactive element.
The new work comes only a short time after the artist’s recent trip to the refugee camps in Calais, France in December 2015 when several pieces appeared inside the camp and surrounding area strongly critiquing the EU’s management of the current migrant crises.
Andipa is currently exhibiting a variety of original and limited edition Banksy works at our Knightsbridge gallery space, just minutes away from where his new piece is located.
Banksy official site: banksy.co.uk
QR Code video (Courtesy of Independent): http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/banksy-reveals-new-a...