Banksy’s satirical art shows a mixture of dark humour and graffiti, which the artist has referred to as a form of ‘revenge’, all within the context of class warfare – taking power and glory from a greater enemy.
While considerable amounts of news and focus in the media have highlighted the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health services, life losses, or economic developments, few have addressed the long-lasting trajectories of children that have been left without care and nurturing environments.
From the perspective of an avid watcher, the show presents an entertaining and sentimental journey, with the emphasis on ‘patients first’ becoming a promise of hope and better ways. However, it opens up the troubling possibility of comparisons.
Everything has become a virtual encounter that can be paused and rewound at will, with no immediate consequences for those who choose not to press the ‘play’ button altogether.