This week's lecture discussed a few interesting topics, particularly political art, brand corporations and identity, ethical design and more. For the blog task this week, we were asked to look at an artist/designer who takes a strong ethical and/or political stance in their work. I chose to look at Banksy, who's work I have admired for years.
Banksy is an English-based graffiti/street artist and political activist who's identity still remains unconfirmed and the subject of speculation. Active since the 1990s, Banksy uses his platform to approach various political and social themes, few of which include anti-consumerism, anti-war and anti-imperialism. He also critiques elements of the human condition, involving themes such as poverty, greed, hypocrisy and boredom.
I find Banksy's work fascinating and I like the way his works spark conversations and discussions - which is what they were intended for, to promote change. His work is often found on streets or the sides of buildings, underpasses etc. When visiting the Moco Museum in Amsterdam, I was lucky enough to see an installation of his work, where some of the original walls he had painted on had been removed and displayed at the museum.