Suspected Banksy of migrant child in life-jacket holding flare appears

Suspected Banksy of a migrant child in a life-jacket holding a flare appears on the side of a canal in Venice

  • Suspected Banksy appeared in Venice to coincide with the Biennale exhibition
  • It depicts a migrant child in a life-jacket holding a flare beside the city’s canal
  • Banksy’s representatives and social media accounts have not yet confirmed it
  • In 2015, the Bristolian painted ‘The Jungle’ at the Calais migrant camp 

A new suspected Banksy has emerged in Italy depicting a migrant girl in a life-jacket holding a flare.

The striking composition shows the child holding a flare of streaming pink which flows behind as she stands at the water’s edge beside a Venetian canal.

It appeared on the island of Dorsoduro last week and coincides with the city’s Biennale art exhibition which attracts hundreds of thousands.

Some have already dubbed the alleged Banksy, ‘The Shipwrecked Child.’ 

Motorboat passes in front of an alleged work of British street artist Banksy, that appeared on the outer wall of a house overlooking the canal Rio de Ca Foscari in Venice

It would not be the first time Banksy has chosen the plight of migrants for his work.

In 2015, he sprayed an image of Apple founder Steve Jobs – the son of a Syrian refugee – onto the migrant camp at Calais.

The painting, called ‘The Jungle,’ showed Jobs carrying an Apple computer and a black bin bag.

In a rare statement on that work, Banksy said: ‘We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. 

‘Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.’ 

The latest graffiti in Venice echoes the intention of Swiss artist Christoph Buchel, who has caused controversy by bringing the hull of a migrant ship to the city after it sank off Lampedusa in April 2015 with hundreds aboard.

The fishing vessel ‘Barca Nostra’ (Our Ship) that sank on April 18, 2015 was brought to Venice’s former shipyards as part of Christoph Buchel’s project ahead of the Biennale

A wall art reported to be a new Banksy appeared at Marble Arch in London last month

The new Banksy piece has ‘all the characteristics of a Banksy,’ according to The Art Newspaper.

However, they said Pest Control – Banksy’s authenticating team – had not yet commented and his social media accounts had not shared any information.

This year’s Biennale is entitled ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’ and the works have been curated by Ralph Rugoff who said its theme is the ‘condition of late capitalism, lurching from crisis to crisis.’

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