Street artist Banksy pulls off no small feat by being both the anonymous artist and the famous artist at the same time. But by being anonymous, he is like Virginia Woolf’s anonymous woman—“Anonymous was a woman.”—and anyone can appropriate his identity. Which is exactly what artist Julia Kim Smith does in her photo project With Banksy. She heeds Banksy’s edict (“The Bad Artists Imitate, The Great Artists Steal”), appropriates his hooded identity, and places him and his work in her own scenarios. In a series of photographs that challenge gender and celebrity roles, “Banksy” lounges front and center while Smith performs daily chores. But Smith is more than just the accommodating hostess, she pays tribute to the artists and writers who inspire her, in the form of “artifacts” (books, a brochure, a zine, and Labbit) placed in the photos.
- Year Created: 2011
- Submitted to ArtBase: Wednesday Jun 22nd, 2011
- Original Url: http://www.juliakimsmith.com/withbanksy01.html
- Julia Kim Smith, artist
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