Are Banksy and Damien Hirst a 2-in-1 shampoo? This weird question has been haunting me for
weeks and, to tell you the truth as crazy and pointless as it may be, it still
is as I am writing this post.
When did the craziness strike me?Well, I guess you can thank Dokoupil and the
German magazine 032C*.Weeks ago I read
an interview of this artist named Dokoupil.Asked by the journalist who his favorite artist of the present was, he
answered Damien Hirst whom he says that he “also
runs a successful sub-label as Banksy.”**
Wait a minute.What did I just read?Was this
guy serious? No.He couldn’t be.
A few questions later, asked whether he was
convinced that Hirst is Banksy, he replied “Absolutely.Someone that I have known for decades and
whom I trust one hundred percent, someone who really must know told me that
Banksy is Hirst invention.It would also
explain why Banksy has kept his identity a secret until now (…).”***
Obviously, he was.
Probably like many others before me, I have always
thought that Banksy never revealed his identity to avoid prosecution.Indeed, despite the beauty of his art, Banksy
remains for the rigid right-minded people a criminal.
So, if not for this article, Dokoupil’s theory
would have never crossed my mind.But
the more I reflected on it the more I started to wonder why not after all.Both Banksy and Hirst are from Bristol, which
is a strange geographical coincidence, and both are almost the same age (yes, the
same age; 47 and 38 are almost the same age).
are very meager coincidences.It doesn’t
make sense, does it?
At that point of my divagation, something however
was trotting in the back of my sick mind. This something was nothing less than Banksy’ s
movie “Exit through the gift shop”.
In this movie, Mr. Brainwash (undoubtedly Banksy’s
creation and maybe Hirst’s too if Dokoupil is right) compares himself to Hirst.
Don’t you find this reference intriguing?
I do to the extent where I am really wondering
right now if in the end I am not being brainwashed by the the Banksy-Hirst