Street art royal Banksy has just revealed his latest work 'Civilian Drone Strike', which is part of the exhibition 'Art the Arms Fair', a group show set up to oppose the current Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair at ExCeL, London.
The arms fair will be attended by over 1600 arms companies. The official guest list includes delegations from countries with appalling human rights records: such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, Philippines, Bahrain, and Algeria. The fair, which is the world’s largest of its kind, has been the subject of protests and much negative media coverage.
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"Banksy is apparently offering a critique of the military industrial complex by deliberately destroying a rather nice child's drawing" said Sam Walton, an organiser of Art the Arms Fair.
Walton continued: "Banksy's work is world-renowned and always razor sharp and topical. Civilian Drone Strike is such a powerful statement against everything that events like the DSEI arms fair stand for.”
'Stop The Arms Fair' - Daisy Parris
“The arms trade doesn’t like people knowing about their dodgy deals to despotic regimes. They want to stay in the shadows. We are using art to draw as much attention as possible to the deadly results of their terrible industry.”
Civilian Drone Strike will be auctioned at 6 pm on Friday 15 September in support of Campaign Against Arms Trade and Reprieve.
'Warhead II' - Peter Kennard
It is hung amongst work by 300 other artists including Peter Kennard, Guerrilla Girls and up and coming painter Daisy Parris.
War Boutique at Lawrence Alkin Gallery
Meanwhile across London in Soho, our current exhibition M*A*S*H*E*D by War Boutique also explores ideas of war and conflict with a diverse body of work that incorporates painting, print and sculpture.
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Using original military armour, weaponry and bullet-proof textiles, War Boutique’s work conveys strong anti-war messages, exposing the interface between the civil and military spheres, and playing on the parallels between the uniforms of war and mainstream fashion trends.
“With these new works, I wanted to physically manifest some of the real force and impact of modern-day weaponry, and perhaps invoke our collective responsibility". - War Boutique
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