Banksy @ Mayfair

Spotted. A woman falling down a building in Mayfair, her shopping trolley with her. On the other side of the city in Canary Warf a written message can be seen: ‘Sorry! The lifestyle you ordered is currently out of stock.’ The two marks of graffiti are thought to have been left by Banksy, possibly reminding the wealthy and the financial elite about the recession.

More recently, Banksy, by way of his website, has presented us with a sculpture entitled ‘Fallen.’ It is an image of a broken Roman soldier statue next to a wet floor sign. Perhaps it links with the woman falling in Chelsea? Or maybe (taking the idea of the recession into account), ignorance of warning signs leading nations to fall, i.e. the eurozone crisis. The Roman dress is a cold reminder that even the Roman empire was sacked by the Goths, a cold warning to western civilisation from a great power that has already fallen.

However, Rome, while once a world empire, it is today a nice holiday destination and perhaps, if we’re lucky, the recession will evolve into expansion.

Merry Christmas! Cindy V x

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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