The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world's most infamous graffiti artists at work.
It's 4am in South Korea and I just finished watching this documentary by Banksy, and it blew my mind. To tell the truth I've never heard his name before, but have certainly seen his art.
The narrative is very well constructed and tells a compelling, almost unbelievable, story about how this comic mental character mortgages his own house and makes himself a world famous artist from the blue.
As the character of Banksy points out in the very beginning of the film "it's not Gone With the Wind, but there's probably a moral there somewhere". And that moral is obviously how contemporary "art" is commercially mass produced, and people buy whatever shines the most in front of them.
At the same time there's an engodment (is that a word?) of the figure of Banksy, who might as well be a collective of artists, the Illuminati or Jesus Christ himself.
As the movie reached it's end, it became obvious to me that the characters of Banksy and Shepard had a rather satirical opinion about Mister Brainwash. The way I interpreted the whole thing, was as a big joke in the face of society.
But, a hoax or not, there's no questioning that Banksy used Thierry Guetta to tell his own story and the story of the street art movement. Not only that, he expanded it through Mister Brainwash's art, personal story and real life persona.
Has Banksy successfully used a persons life as a medium?
Please give me some thoughts.
Ps.: sorry for the very poor constructed argument, I'm really sleepy but had to get this out of my head.