Banksy confirms seven new murals in Ukraine

written by Sophie Tanno, CNN
Jackie Palumbo, CNN

after three days Banksy Debuting his mural on Instagram, spray-painted on the wall of a bombed-out building in the city of Borodianka, Ukraine, the anonymous street artist confirmed to have completed seven new works in Ukraine in total.
Banksy confirmed the news to The Art Newspaper after a series of suspected murals of him surfaced in the liberated Ukrainian city, which is about 35 miles northwest of Kyiv. Other businesses are located in the capital and other cities in the region.
Borodyanka, which was particularly hard hit by Russian airstrikes in the first few weeks of the conflict, was the first location in Ukraine where Banksy confirmed his new street art.

Borodyanka, which was particularly hard hit by Russian airstrikes in the first few weeks of the conflict, was the first location in Ukraine where Banksy confirmed his new street art. attributed to him: Ed Ram/Getty Images

The first artwork identified, which went viral over the weekend, shows a gymnast balancing on a pile of rubble on the side of a building destroyed by Russian strikes.

The graffiti artist posted three photos of the lot Friday to social media, with the simple caption reading “Borodyanka, Ukraine” — an alternate spelling of the city’s name.

A mural shows a man flipping over during a martial arts match with a young boy.

A mural shows a man flipping over during a martial arts match with a young boy. attributed to him: Ed Ram/Getty Images

Another artwork depicts a young boy in a martial arts outfit belted with a black belt, flipping a mature man onto his back. Some have associated the photo with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had an honorary black belt Cancellation – annulment earlier this year by World Taekwondo, though Banksy hasn’t publicly commented on the photo or its meaning.

Other murals showed two children using a metal tank trap as a swing, and a woman wearing hair curlers and a gas mask holding a fire extinguisher.

Borodyanka It was hit particularly hard by Russian airstrikes and bombing in the early days of the country’s invasion of Ukraine, with many buildings reduced to piles of rubble by the long-range attacks. It was home to 13,000 people before the war, but most fled after the Russian invasion. The rest of the city was occupied by Russian forces on 28 February.
Wearing a neck brace, a rhythmic gymnast performs in a new Banksy piece painted on the wall of an apartment building in Irbin, Ukraine.

Wearing a neck brace, a rhythmic gymnast performs in a new Banksy piece painted on the wall of an apartment building in Irbin, Ukraine. attributed to him: Maxim Marusenko/NurPhoto/Getty Images

The city returned to Ukrainian control on 1 April, and population return They found their homes ransacked, shops ransacked, their windows broken and their contents stolen. It has since been the focus of reconstruction efforts, with many of the towers demolished as a result of damage caused by the fighting.

The series is the first collection of Banksy artwork to appear since last summer’s “The Great British Spraycation,” which saw the enigmatic artist leave behind his signature pop art commentary in locations across a number of British seaside towns.

Speculation grew online before the artwork was confirmed.

Speculation grew online before the artwork was confirmed. attributed to him: Ed Ram/Getty Images

In the past year, the artist has also focused his efforts on fund-raising for social and political causes, Painting auction For a record sum of $23.1 million for healthcare organizations in the UK, and selling t-shirts In support of anti-racism protesters arrested for bringing down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol. (Protesters has been cleared of charges in January.)

And after confirming his authorship of the mural painted by the gymnast, many Ukrainians and supporters of the country in the face of its conquest thanked the artist in comments and posts on social media.

A resident of Kyiv told Al-Jazeera English in a video Posted on Twitter on Sunday.

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