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Banksy Biography and Work

Banksy Biography and Work

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Banksy is the pseudonym of a British graffitiartist, political activist and painter, whoseidentity is unconfirmed. According to theauthor and graphic designer Tristan Manco:“Banksy was born in 1974 and raised inBristol, England. The son of a photocopiertechnician, he trained as a butcher butbecame involved in graffiti during the greatBristol aerosol boom of the late 1980s." Hissatirical street art and subversive epigramscombine irreverent dark humour with graffitidone in a distinctive technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary havebeen featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.According to Banksy, Exit Through a Gift Shop “is a film about a man who tried tomake a film about me. Everything in it is true, especially the bits where we all lie." Thedocumentary's focus is the French-born shop owner Thierry Guetta, whose apparentcompulsion to videotape every moment of his life led him to document the phenomenon ofcontemporary street art. Guetta's cousin, a street artist known as Space Invader, allowedthe cameraman to tape him as he illegally spread his artwork. Space Invader alsointroduced him to other street artists, whose work Guetta captured on tape. Guetta soonhears about the mysterious street artist Banksy, and becomes obsessed with finding himand videotaping his exploits. Thanks to Guettta's growing reputation among street artists,the two eventually meet and form a sort of partnership. They get along quite well untilBanksy suggests that Guetta stop shooting, take the countless hours of footage he hasaccumulated, and start assembling them into a documentary.
 
 
This vocabulary may help you to understand the text. Read the text carefully againand answer the questions:Butcher
: a person whose job is cutting up or selling meat in a shop.
Epigram
:a short phrase that expresses an idea in a clever or amusing way.
Exploit
: a brave, exciting or interesting act.
Footage
:part of a film showing a particular event
Get along
:to have a friendly relationship with somebody.
Shoot
: to make a film
Subversive
:trying to destroy or damage a government or political system by attacking itsecretly or indirectly.1. Do we know Banksy identity?2. Where is he from?3. How old is he?4. What are Banksy’s works about?5. What´s the title of Banksy’s first film?6. According to Banksy, is the content of the film true?7. Who is the person videotaping street art all the time?8. Does this person manage to meet Banksy and tape his work?9. Can you explain how this documentary was born?10. Visit Banksy’s official website, choose one of his outdoor or inside graffitis andcomment on it giving your own opinion. Write aparagraph.

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