Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Banksy-Slave Labour

The mural Slave Labour appeared in Wood Green, a district of North London, on the side of a Poundland store in May 2012.  The mural depicts a boy hunched over a sewing machine making clothing with British flags hanging around the boy.  This mural was created just days before the Diamond Jubilee, a celebration in England that honors the Queen for being on the throne for 60 years.  I think Banksy uses the boy as a symbol of what modern life for countries such as England and the United States has become.  It shows how countries, England for Banksy's example, to be hypocritical.  In this case under the Queens rein, because while the Queen has been in power she has allowed things such as horrible working conditions and underage working to go on in countries they do business with.  What Banksy is trying to say is that in a sense, the celebration of the Queen and everything she has done to make England better is just like celebrating the slave labour that goes on in order for companies to make more money and better England, because if that type of treatment of workers was going on in England or America it would be deemed unacceptable.  Banksy uses spray paint as the medium and stencil tracings in order to lay out his art in a faster way then free forming it on the spot, especially with having to worry about people catching him.

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