Street artist “Banksy” was arrested after a sting operation in which cops waited outside of his studio and followed him to the location.
Not only is he facing a slew of criminal charges, including counterfeiting, but his long-standing anonymity has been unveiled.
While revealing his identity to the public might have taken away some of his mystique, it says more that the authorities are taking away his privacy.
I want to know, what business, what shop owner, actually complained to the police that an internationally recognized artist volunteered work on their space? Are the police just so bored and overfunded that they have not much better to do? Do they take his political commentary as a personal affront?
Whatever the case may be, yet another nonviolent “offender” is off the streets, or, more specifically, on the court’s financial books.
In his interview, Banksy raises the point that marketers and advertisements are encouraged to make money by filling our public, visual, and psychic spaces with their peddling. But, once we take control, manipulate the world in the ways we see fit, then it is a crime.
I suppose that distressing reflection and satire is best left walled up in museums. No, the streets are for pushy commercialization and fad fetishes. The message is loud and clear, Banksy. This is their turf.
With art and revelation, let’s take back what’s ours.