07 July 2018, 00:24
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New Banksy Works in Paris Commemorate World Refugee Day

The 20th of June marked World Refugee Day this year, recognizing an issue that only continues to grow more severe. Prominent street artist Banksy, whose works cleverly serve as political commentary, commemorated the day in Paris as he took a moment to shine a spotlight on the response (or lack thereof) of powerful nations such as France.

In response to French President Emmanuel Macron’s tough immigration policies and goal to “get migrants off France’s streets and out of forest hideouts”, Banksy created new works around Paris that have us questioning the humanitarian veil often covering anti-immigration and anti-refugee policies.

 

Image credits: wherethereswalls
Image credits: wherethereswalls
 

A girl paints over a swastika using a pink Victorian damask pattern. Similar to the artist’s 2008 work called “Go Flock Yourself,” the mural exposes the fascist hues in the French government's immigration policies, and the xenophobic reception of refugees fleeing to France.

 

Image credits: wherethereswalls
Image credits: wherethereswalls

An allusion to the famous painting, “Napoleon Crossing the Alps.”

 

 Image credits: wherethereswalls
Image credits: wherethereswalls

A man feeds a bone to a legless dog while hiding a saw behind his back. What is our relationship to our world leaders, and what is the relationship of refugees to them?

 

Image credits: wherethereswalls
Image credits: wherethereswalls

Here we see Banksy’s signature stencil, rats. This image has been used by Banksy in the past to represent the power of the people; small individually, mighty when united.

 

Image credits: wherethereswalls
Image credits: wherethereswalls

Here we see Banksy’s signature stencil, rats. This image has been used by Banksy in the past to represent the power of the people; small individually, mighty when united.

 

Image credits: wherethereswalls
Image credits: wherethereswalls

Here we see Banksy’s signature image, rats. This image has been used by Banksy in the past to represent the power of the people; small individually, mighty when united.

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