Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy is back and in France, aiming at the French government’s crackdown on migrants in a new series of murals in Paris.


The best-known street artist in the world has “blitzed” the French capital, leaving six works on walls across the city.


Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

In the first picture, we see a political commentary on France’s strict anti-migrant policy, with approximately 40 makeshift camps having razed in Paris in the last three years and President Emmanuel Macron having determined that the city doesn't become a magnet for refugees.


In the depiction, a young girl of African descent sprays a wallpaper pattern the color pink covering a swastika on a wall beside her sleeping bag and teddy bear while trying to make her patch of pavement cozier.


The picture is on a wall in northern Paris next to an official refugee shelter which was controversially closed in March 2018, despite protests from the capital's Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo.


Since then about 2,000 migrants, including kids and teenagers, have been sleeping rough along canals and under motorway bridges.


Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

The second and third artworks appeared soon after that. One depicts a suited man luring a three-legged dog with a bone while hiding a saw behind his back, which is a metaphor for politicians tricking people with promises which often have a masked, devastating agenda. The other is Banksy’s take on the iconic painting “Napoleon Crossing the Alps” by Jacques-Louis David, a symbol of French power and influence. By covering the rider with his own cape, the artist comments on the current misguided way the government is leading France, blinding people with propaganda and false promises.


Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

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Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

Banksy Is Back In Paris With Powerful New Pieces Of Street Art

The last three pieces introduce Bansky’s signature rats to their genesis—Parisian artist Blek Le Rat, and his rat stencils were a significant influence on the Bristol-born artist. Placing them around the city in ways that interact with local graffiti and building facades, it might appear as though they are having fun blowing things up. However, in reality, they're a reminder of a volatile period of civil unrest which took place in May 1968 when the government temporarily ceased to function.


In one piece a rat is propelled by a popping champagne bottle cork. Using this symbol of affluence as their vehicle to overtake obstacles, the rodents are once again Banksy’s metaphor for working class people making a significant change when they join together and fight for a similar cause.


Flashback to a Banksy "The Simpsons" episode:



All photos courtesy of WhereTheresWalls.

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