For those of us in that walk the line between the streets and the rest of the world, graffiti has a special place in our hearts. For some of us, it’s the sheer rush of getting up on a wall and coming back by to see that tag or having one of your friends call you and say they spotted it. For others, it’s the end-all/be-all ultimate freedom of artistic expression without boundaries or rules.
From illegally hanging pieces of his art inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC (which stayed put for 3 days until the adhesive started slipping), to the numerous pieces throughout the UK and Europe that grace the most unlikely of places, it becomes obvious from his work that “Banksy” is “C) All of The Above“.
Now he’s taken his art from the galleries & streets to make his debut on the big screen during last month’s Sundance Film Festival.
“Exit From The Gift Shop” is “what happened when a French filmmaker, Terry Guetta (aka Thierry Guetta aka “Mr. Brainwash” aka “MBW”), set out to record the “secretive world” of street art, only to meet Banksy, at which point “things took a bizarre turn”.”
John Cooper, director of the Sundance festival, described “Exit From The Gift Shop” as “one of those films that comes along once in a great while, a warped hybrid of reality and self -induced fiction while at the same time a totally entertaining experience. The story is so bizarre I began to question if it could even be real… but in the end I didn’t care. I feel bad I won’t be able to shake the filmmaker’s hand and tell him how much I love this film. I think I will shake everyone’s hand that day and hope I hit on Banksy somewhere. I love his work in all forms.”
Check out the trailer: