With the release of The Banksy Job, as part of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the ever-elusive street artist Banksy has been cast into the spotlight once again. But not in the way you would probably expect.
Let me explain. In 2004, Andy Link, AKA ‘AK47’, stole Banksy’s statue The Drinker. The former pornstar, now the leader of a group of ‘art terrorists’ self-entitled ART KEIDA, added a toilet seat to the statue, inscribed ‘take the piss’ on its platform and stole the piece of art.
“We are the catalyst and conduit that enables the fragile snowflake inside all of us to realise that there is more to art than the abstract daubs on the wall of our loft apartments,” the group proclaimed. “We reject the basic assumptions of today’s civilisation, especially the importance of material possessions.”
However, AK47 held the statue for ransom only to have it stolen from him once again. It is unknown whether this was another Banksy undercover operation, but we like to think it is. Either way, the trailer seems to highlight the constituents of art and the value of possession. Check out the trailer above.
- Words: Louis Hanson