Pela newsletter diária do Arts Journal
chega uma referência "The New Political Artists" a propósito de um artigo do New Statsman de 01/17/08, um semanário esquerdista de Londres.
"Art attack", de Peter Kennard, acompanhado pelo destaque ou "entrada":
"Banksy attracts the press attention, but around him is an increasingly influential movement of political artists operating outside the mainstream"
Peter Kennard, artista e professor, é um especialista da fotomontagem política, na linha de John Heartfield e do valenciano Josep Renau (o autor de Fata Morgana USA, The American Way of Life, nova edição do IVAM em 1989). Tem agora uma retrospectiva a abrir numa galeria pública de Londres, a Pump House Gallery, e já foi mostrado na Tate Modern ("Media Burn", 2006) ou - com Cat Picton Phillipps - no Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven.
O artigo repete os argumentos da arte de intervenção política directa e adapta-os a conflitos do presente, com declarada vocação pró-palestiniana (Gaza?, o Hamas? - há companhias a evitar).
"The pressure of world events is so great that it is increasingly difficult to sustain the idea of art for art's sake. Radical art and politics converge in times of crisis, and that is happening now. I know, from my experience as a tutor at the Royal College of Art and at the University of the Arts in London, that the ironies of the Nineties YBA movement are now a thing of the past. Many art students and young artists are searching for ways to make a direct connection between their awareness of how things are in the world and their own art practice.
This involves thinking about not only the form of the art itself, but also the process of making. There are many collaborations taking place across media and disciplines, and artists are looking for new methods of distribution.
Unlike in my youth, there is no organised "left" into which artists can slot, but there is a concrete wall, 425 miles long, and we can turn it into an international canvas of dissent."
O mais interessante são as pistas para um universo de que se conhece melhor a figura de Banksy, abrindo a outros nomes da "street art".
blu ( www.blublu.org )
Sam3 (Samuel Marín) comes from Granada, where his ephemeral long, black silhouettes haunt the cityscape. Famous works include his 12 Shadows project for AlterArte and the iconic Erase Yourself, a silent protest against the civic legal authorities for removing graffiti in Barcelona.
também encontrado no Ginjal:
O Santa's ghetto Londres 2006
e em Belém 2007 segundo a CNN:
Artists draw attention to Bethlehem - CNN - December 12, 2007 - link
("Graffiti artist Banksy uses Bethlehem security barrier as his latest canvas /His exhibition, "Santa's Ghetto," aims to bring visitors to the West Bank / Banksy's identity is kept secret, adding to his allure")