If you are in some ways interested in street art and maybe also if you are not, you should have heard about Banksy. This guy is one of the genius of our age. No one knows his face, no one knows where he is. We just see some of his works appearing somewhere in the world without any notice. Take a look at his web site here. Without spending any pound in adverting he is able to spread his sharp voice everywhere. Think about this. You are one of the most influential street artist in the world, your work is inspiring generations of artists, and you are (who knows where?) sitting down and smiling in front of your success. What you can do more? Maybe create a theme park in a remote location in UK just for fun and call it Dismaland.
Dismaland was a temporary art project organised by street artist Banksy, constructed in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. Prepared in secret, the pop-up exhibition at the Tropicana, a disused lido, was "a sinister twist on Disneyland" that opened during the weekend of 21 August 2015 and closed permanently on September 27, 2015, 36 days later. Banksy described it as a "family theme park unsuitable for children."
Banksy created ten new works and funded the construction of the exhibition himself. The show featured 58 artists of the 60 Banksy originally invited to participate. 4,000 tickets were available for purchase per day, priced at £3 each. 150K visitors form all over the world, infinite queues every day, and more than 20 million pounds as income. Take a look at this video to have an impression of what it was.
I visited the park in September and what I can say is that it has been an extra-ordinary day. First of all the location: Weston-super-mare. For those who knows the photographer Martin Parr, it was like being in one of his most famous works, "The last resort". To me it looked like the place were UK folks spend their summers after retirement. Typical british seaside and nothing else apart from small houses all looking the same. In that location Bansky created his theme park mocking Disneyland, where all the people are all but happy. I did not see any smile, but a lot of middle fingers. The atmosphere was sad and everyone was worried, but you can bet it was full of amazing artistic installations. I won't tell you anything more because if you google it you'll find hundreds of articles about this unique event. I just want to share some photos to show you Dismaland through my eyes.