BANKSY MOST WANTED
The Robin Hood of the art world strikes again when a recently-sold work self-destructs, providing new clues to the possible identity of the most infamous artist of the century.
The elite art world was shaken (or, more accurately, shredded) in 2018 when “Girl with Balloon,” an original piece by famed street artist Banksy, destroyed itself immediately after the final gavel at a Sotheby’s auction signaled a winning bid of $1.4 million. Arguably one of the most famous visual artists since Picasso, the mysterious prankster once again set his anti-establishment sights on the 1% while exposing the frivolity of art mixing with extreme wealth. But who is the entity behind the iconic work that’s been known to cause hundreds of eager observers to flood back alleys and Instagram feeds across the globe? Filmmakers Seamus Haley and Aurélia Rouvier seek out investigative journalists and überfans alike who have spent years obsessing over every clue, bank statement, travel itinerary and more to figure out who or what Banksy is. As ruthless art collectors and a ceaseless media circus continually threaten to destroy the artist’s sacred anonymity, the locals that have been most touched and empowered by his (or is it her, or their?) work must become its protectors.
In Competition: First Feature Competion
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