The British urban artist Banksy has confirmed that he has created seven murals in various places in Ukraine, including the capital, kyiv, and some of the towns hardest hit by Russian bombing, The Art Newspaper reported.
The first work in Ukraine of the vindictive artist appeared on November 12. It was a graffiti on the wall of a ruined building in the Ukrainian city of Borodyankain the suburbs of kyiv, confirmed by the artist himself on his Instagram account.
Since then, according to the art magazine, speculation about the anonymous artist’s presence in Ukraine had increased and, to date, a total of seven works have appeared.
One of the murals depicts a judo fight between a man and a boywho manages to knock the adult down with a wrench and lay him on his back to the ground.
According to the magazine, the man could be a representation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is a black belt in judo.
Another mural shows two children using one of the metal traps used to stop tanks as a seesaw, while a third mural, painted inside the ruins of a bombed-out building, shows a gymnast doing a headstand exercise. explained The Art Newspaper.
The outlet ensures that Banksy has confirmed the authorship of these works, as well as four other works with different motives related to the conflict in Ukraine.
Another Banksy work, according to the magazine, is the one that appeared on the wall of a bomb-damaged building in Irpin, a town northwest of kyiv. It shows a gymnast doing a pirouette with a ribbon, over a hole in the wall.
The magazine recalls that the new works are the first public murals by Banksy in more than a year, although the British artist has previously captured some of his vindictive graffiti in other conflict territories, such as the West Bank, as an expression of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
“It’s unbelievable that Banksy is here on Borodianka,” Bogdan Mashay, a journalist for Ukrainian television, told AFP.
“It is a symbol that we are unbreakable,” said Oleksiy Savochka, 32, referring to the mural. “Our country is unbreakable,” he added.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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