Florence, 26 November 2022 – 26 February 2023

Piazza di Santo Stefano 5
Florence, Italy

[Notice to the Reader: in the absence of any certain information about the artist’s identity and his thought, in the text that follows we have decided to offer some suppositions. Most of what is reported is drawn from publications by Banksy and from some more or less authorized interviews he has given in the past.]

Banksy is one of the most popular and controversial contemporary artists. It is still impossible to define Banksy’s character and biography. Many are the conjectures regarding the real name and true identity of the artist, who is born and raised in Bristol. In the early 2000s Banksy is in London, and starts to gain recognition. Swiftly the walls of the city come alive through his ironic, piercing, provocative and snarky characters. Soon it becomes a phenomenon. Banksy’s works are pure message. What is important for the artist is not the form as much as the message; nonetheless, Banksy manages to formally create a personal language, easily recognizable and multicultural. These messages, both in intention and in practice, have to travel not only through the walls, but also through paintings and prints, videos and social media. 

Inside Banksy is a spectacular immersive event created by CrossMedia with the scientific consult of curator Gianni Mercurio. The exhibition follows the creative path of Banksy: the most subversive and satirical artist of contemporary Street Art. 

The narration encompasses a knowledgeable mix of images, sounds, music, that immediately evoke Bristol’s underground culture. 

Inside Banksy is an extraordinary and multi-sensorial experience where images, lights, colours and music engage and involve the viewer.

Who is Banksy?

I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.

Presumably born in Bristol at the beginning of the 1970s, Banksy is regarded as one of the leading representatives of street art. In 2019 he was ranked fourteenth on ArtReview’s list of the one hundred most influential personalities in the art world. Yet no one, apart from his closest friends and collaborators, knows his identity.

What we do know is that he trained in the underground British scene, where he worked with several artists and musicians. We also know that his artistic output began in the late 1990s. From that moment onwards, he started making his presence felt in many cities – from Bristol and London to New York, Jerusalem, and Venice – with graffiti and various performances and incursions.

I have no interest in ever coming out. I figure there are enough self-opinionated assholes trying to get their ugly little faces in front of you as it is.

There are a number of reasons for Banksy’s choice to remain anonymous: the need to elude the police, given his illegal incursions and graffiti; the need to protect himself, given the satirical background of his works touching upon sensitive issues like politics and ethics; and the desire not to compromise the perception of his identity and works, as the artist himself states.

“Happy Choppers”, 2003, screenprint on paper, Brandler Galleries (Brentwood)


INSIDE BANKSY: Un-authorised Exhibition 
The exhibition is curated by Gianni Mercurio, created and promoted by CrossMedia Group, from an idea of Madeinart.


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