Disclaimer – All photos taken by me (for once), taken on an IPhone 4, so sorry for the below average photography skills. Please refrain from death threats for I am aware that I’m a bit sh*t when it comes to this photography thing. (Although I do have GCSE in it(In photography?! Yeah, I know, what a joke.), so who’s the real winner here?)
Fake. Rip-off. Sell out. Sold his soul to the corporate elite. Overrated. Not a ‘real artist’. Is it even art? What even is art? (Going off topic here now mate). Hypocrite. Claims he does graffiti, my 4 year old cousin can use stencils. He’s everything wrong with this generation (But he’s middle aged, how can he-… shut up, it sounds good, alright).
Say what you want about Banksy (I’ve probably said it all in my glorious 18 years on this planet), but there is one thing I can tell you after visiting his Dismaland Bemusement Park. He knows how to put on a f*cking show.
I’m rather spoilt when it comes to Banksy. Living in the South-West means I often see his work on a regular basis. Therefore considering where I conveniently live I thought it would be worthwhile to stop stalking my old school friends on Facebook, go outside for once, and visit the attraction that the ambiguous street artist had put on right down my road in the glorious seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare.
I know why you’re really here, you just want to see some pictures, not read my egoistic ramblings, do not worry, I won’t take much more of your precious time.
In this show co-ordinated by Banksy, which includes work from more than 50 artists from 17 different nations, it manages to just about have a dig at everyone. (‘dig’ that’s not proper English, is it Billy? Yeah well I’ve been to a Banksy show, so I’m officially street now init).
David Cameron, SeaWorld, animal testing, payday loan companies, Rupert Murdoch, The Police, Disney, ignorance towards immigration, racism, homophobia, sexism, global warming, consumerism and much more all get a less than flattering nod from Banksy in this extraordinary show. Because, let’s be honest, there’s a lot wrong with the world right now. It’s pretty Sh*t, isn’t it? Or should I say, we’re pretty sh*t, aren’t we?
In his programme notes Banksy apologises, “Sorry about the lack of meaningful jobs, global injustice and Channel 5. The fairytale is over, the world is sleepwalking towards climate catastrophe, maybe all escapism will have to wait”.
Great art is great. But with this Banksy went beyond just great art. He creates an atmosphere. The art is just a feature. A feature that is a statement to all those that are f*cking with this planet. Dismaland is thought-provoking, spectacular and engaging. (When did you become an art critic Bill? GCSE in photography remember mate).
I would encourage you all to go and visit it.
But now I will stop boring you, and show you the pictures that you really only came here for. But please, let me know, what do you think of Dismaland? What do you think of Banksy? Leave a comment, or contact me on twitter @BillyBlogged and join the ongoing discussion (bit cheesy mate).
I’ll leave you with my favourite comment of the day that I overheard – “He’s got to be getting a knighthood soon this Banksy”
“Here you are encouraged to consider, not just consume, to look, not just spectate and most important of all – beware of uneven floor surfaces.”