Banksy Strikes Again in Venice

Jux­tapoz writes: “Nev­er invit­ed to be the part of Venice Bien­nale, Banksy once again invit­ed him­self to show­case his work. Using a typ­i­cal pop-up stand that usu­al­ly sells tacky paint­ings and sou­venirs, he assem­bled a selec­tion of 9 works that col­lec­tive­ly built an image of a mas­sive cruise ship block­ing the city.”

In recent years, the flood of mas­sive cruise ships into Venice has cre­at­ed ten­sions between Vene­tians and tourism com­pa­nies. It’s pret­ty clear on what side the street artist comes down.

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  • Sean says:

    He has good com­men­tary about Venice, but I was there in 2008 and thought it was a glo­ried Dis­ney Epcot Cen­ter even back then. There is almost no Ital­ian cul­ture in the city despite the Ital­ian res­i­dents who still live there. Cruise ships being added to the mix are just the icing on the cake.

  • Estelle Haferling says:

    Well, not com­plete­ly gone. I’m the kind of walk­er, who sim­ply can’t say no. Part of the cul­ture of Venice locals know­ing how to deal with the crowd­ed scene. I lit­er­al­ly land­ed in a court yard, whose name escapes. Grand­moth­ers sit­ting on what­ev­er was there, with grand­chil­dren dart­ing around. There was chew­ing gum Brook­lyn which I had to buy. So yes tourism had leaked in or maybe grand­ma had actu­al­ly went there. Back home in the not the USSR, I came across an arti­cle in our recy­cling bin. It was one of those glossies about trav­el. And lo and behold, there was the hid­den gem. Uh, oh, where do I next
    Stum­ble around?

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