‘This is not a Banksy!’: street art as aesthetic protest

Hansen, Susan ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4679-9116 and Danny, Flynn (2015) ‘This is not a Banksy!’: street art as aesthetic protest. Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 29 (6) . pp. 898-912. ISSN 1030-4312 [Article] (doi:10.1080/10304312.2015.1073685)


This paper examines the dialogue and transformation of public space that occurred after Banksy’s Slave Labour was removed without notice from a wall in North London, transported to Miami and listed for auction. Despite the high-profile media coverage of the ‘theft’ of Banksy’s piece, the explosion of new works provoked by its extraction was for the most part simply erased as they appeared. We argue that the excision of Slave Labour provided a ‘gap in the sensible’ and the conditions of possibility for the emergence of a lively local intertextual visual dialogue, which transformed this otherwise apparently unremarkable London side street into an arena for aesthetic protest and critical social commentary.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
Item ID: 18197
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Depositing User: Susan Hansen
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 16:57
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2020 11:22
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/18197

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