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Banksy - Silver Flag - Screenprint - 2006
The 2006 limited edition screenprint by Banksy Silver Flag represents a group of children standing on top of an old demised car, raising the American flag.
The composition is pyramidal, featuring the car as its base and culminating in the flag of the United States. Black and silver are the only colours of Sliver Flag; in the background a big, central sun enhances a sense of melancholy instead of warmth.
The street artist was inspired by Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima a famous photograph by Joe Rosenthal taken during the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. Six American soldiers were raising a victory flag over the battlefield and now Banksy overturns the image, representing children raising a silver flag.
Flag thus becomes a caricature of Rosenthal's shot: the atmosphere is no longer victorious, but gloomy. Banksy seems to tell of a marginalized youth in the suburbs, lost and without guidance.
The real meaning of this work lies in the criticism of war. It is neither heroic nor glorious, but a massacre. Banksy thus reveals the misery behind an armed conflict and harshly criticises the media and the government for depicting war under a deceptively positive and necessary light.
Silver Flag is unsigned and numbered. It belongs to a limited edition of 1.000 pieces and measures 22.5x30.1 in. The work is provided with a Pest Control authenticity certificate.
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