Street artist Banksy is known for his elusive nature: He has kept his anonymity even while becoming an international celebrity.
But in a rare interview with The Village Voice’s Keegan Hamilton (conducted over email — the artist was selective about which questions he answered), Banksy opened up about his latest endeavour, a month-long “artists residency” on the streets of New York City.
He explained why he chose New York for the project, despite the challenge of remaining undercover there:
“New York calls to graffiti writers like a dirty old lighthouse. We all want to prove ourselves here,” Banksy wrote to The Voice. “I chose it for the high foot traffic and the amount of hiding places. Maybe I should be somewhere more relevant, like Beijing or Moscow, but the pizza isn’t as good.”
The artist also said he visited New York a few months ago to seek out locations for the show, called “Better Out Than In.” But he lamented that “most of the empty lots I planned to use have got condos built on them already.”
How did Banksy choose The Village Voice, a free alt-weekly, for his exclusive interview? A publicist for the artist told the paper he “feels an affinity with people who provide quality content for free on street corners.”
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