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 aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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