It looks like clandestine street artist Banksy made his mark again, this time in Venice, Italy.
A stencil, showing a migrant child wearing a life jacket and holding a burning neon-pink flare, showed up in the picturesque city during the Biennale, an annual art exhibition showcasing works from around the world.
The unknown artist confirmed that the work was his on his official Instagram account.
Initially, Banksy had not officially taken ownership of the work, but he posted a video shot in Venice, and showed a hooded figure displaying another work of art, cheekily titled Venice in Oil.
In the video, local police appear before long and tell the hooded man to leave unless he has a permit to display art. He packs up and leaves while a cruise ship — the main subject of Venice in Oil — is seen in the background.
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The small mural of the migrant child was discovered in the Dorsocuro district, an area sometimes referred to as the “real” Venice.
Banksy’s authenticating body Pest Control hasn’t publicly declared anything yet.
Last December, Banksy confirmed a work in Wales, England, calling out air pollution.
The artwork was discovered on two walls of a garage in the town of Port Talbot. The art depicts a child dressed for winter, with a sleigh on the ground. Snow appears to fall on the kid, who has his tongue sticking out to catch the snowflakes.
On the other wall, however, is a garbage bin set ablaze, showing flames and smoke emanating from the dumpster, and revealing that it’s ash that appears to be falling on the child, not snow.
— With files from Adam Frisk
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