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New suspected Banksy 'about the migrant crisis' appears in Venice canals

Mirror logo Mirror 15/5/2019 Sarah Turnnidge
a graffiti covered wall: CAPTION: Suspected Banksy work appears in Venice
The striking mural depicts what appears to be a migrant child in a life jacket clutching a pink flare

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A new mural suspected to have been created by Banksy  featuring what some believe is a a migrant child calling for help has appeared amid the canals of Venice.

The stencil depicts a child wearing a life jacket waving a pink neon flare and has been spotted on the island of Dorsoduro.

Bristol Live has been sent images, taken by a member of the public, of the stencil which appeared hovering just above the water of the city's canal.

According to industry publication, The Art Newspaper, the mural is believed to have been painted towards the end of last week at the start of the Venice Biennale.

Art critics are speculating the piece is referencing the migrant crisis as it is a theme recently favoured by the guerilla artist.

They have noted the stencil shows a child wearing what could be a life jacket, and holding a flare amid a watery setting.

Although the work has not confirmed as being by Banksy, rumours circulating amongst art experts suggest it shows several signs of being the real deal, from the use of the mysterious artist's distinctive style to its familiar political tone.

The mural has appeared along a canal wall in Venice © Simon Korb The mural has appeared along a canal wall in Venice

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The prestigious international art exhibition held every two years across Venice formally opened this year on Saturday, May 11, and showcases the work of many of the world's most renowned artists.

Banksy, who is believed to have started out in Bristol in the early 1990s, is well known for the social commentary which runs through his work.

Should the new painting be confirmed as a genuine Banksy, it wouldn't be the first time the artist has explicitly referenced the refugee crisis across Europe.

In 2015, the elusive artist painted a mural of Steve Jobs - Apple founder and son of Syrian refugees -  in the so-called Calais Jungle, which was dismantled in October 2016.

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At its height, around the time of the mural being painted, the site was home to some 7,000 refugees.

Banksy also donated the materials from his Dismaland project in Weston-super-Mare to Calais, to be converted into refugee shelters.

A number of pieces of artwork showcased at this year's Biennale are centred around themes of migration and immigration, reflecting on the exhibition's theme of May You Live in Interesting Times.

This includes the controversial presentation of Barca Nostra by Swiss artist Christoph Büchel - the shell of a fishing boat which sunk in April 2015 96km from the coast of Libya. Only 28 people escaped the ship alive, with estimates of between 700 and 1,100 migrants dying in the disaster.

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Last month a suspected Banksy work appeared at Marble Arch in London during the Extinction Rebellion protests, depicting a child clutching one of the protest group's signs while crouching near a plant shoot.

Pest Control, a handling service who work on behalf of Banksy, have been contacted for verification.

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