Is Banksy a woman? The latest theory on the identity of the world's most famous street artist
Ever since Banksy's rise to prominence in the late 90s and early noughties, people have been attempting to discover the artist's identity.
Now, in advance of a HBO documentary, Banksy Does New York, airing on November 17, Atlantic City Lab suggests the artist is not a man, but a woman.
In all interviews and articles and supposed biographies of the artist, Banksy is referred to as 'he' but Atlantic City Lab suggests there are several reasons why Banksy could be a woman.
They argue, "Compared to the highly visible work of Invader or Fairey or dozens of other high-profile street artists, Banksy's work is different.
"Girls and women figure into Banksy's stenciled figures, for starters, something that isn't true of 99 percent of street art."
They also point out that most street artists - men - reference themselves constantly, writing their name or their message over and over and over, whilst Banksy offers something different.
"Banksy's work has always done more than project "Banksy" ad nauseum," they write. "(In fact, a "handling service" called Pest Control exists to authenticate Banksy's protean projects.)
"Banksy's graffiti understands and predicates a relationship between the viewer and the street, something that graffiti that merely shouts the artist's name or icon over and over (and over and over) doesn't do."
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