“I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website —but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.” -Banksy
And look at a picture of a kitten we do.
Banksy’s interesting juxtaposition of the destruction in Gaza and the playful kitten mural convinced me that art can be a way to raise global issue awareness. Something that I also want to do in this assignment, raising awareness through art.
Juxtaposition is where two things is placed together with contrasting effects. The giant kitten is placed in front of the ruined buildings of Gaza, jabbing at people’s internet behaviour of looking at pictures of kitten by saying this is the kitten that you want, now you can look at the destruction behind it. The importance of composition is also showed by the way the kitten looks like it is playing with a ball of rusty wires that is part of the ruined building. It delivers a strong message about what happened in Gaza.