Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Banksy - Exit Through the Gift Shop

Banksy is the pseudonym of a British graffiti artist, political activist and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams display an irreverent dark humor and searing political comment on streets, walls and bridges in cities around the world.

This year Banksy, along with producer Jaimie D'Cruz, received an Oscar nomination in the documentary feature category for Exit Through the Gift Shop, a documentary chronicling the artist's art and career. Speculation is rampant that "Exit Through the Gift Shop" may in fact be a hoax -- that is to say, a faux-documentary in which all is not as it appears. But apparently, this has not bothered the nominating voters of the academy's documentary branch. The movie is also nominated for a BAFTA award in the category of outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer.

Below are a few examples of his work and the trailer for the documentary.

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