A 42-year-old resident of Borodzianka claims that she and her daughter spoke to Banksy when he was working on one of the murals in the city destroyed by the Russians. “I was talking to Banksy without knowing who he was when he was making this graphic,” recalls Jula Patoku against the backdrop of the famous artwork of a boy beating a grown man in judo.
In mid-November, Banksy confirmed that he is the author of a series of murals in Ukraine: in Kiev, Borodzianka and Irpin. They were created on buildings destroyed by the Russians, the rubble of which the artist used as elements of his works. He shared the graffiti photos on his official Instagram profile, followed by over 12 million users. Now, one of the inhabitants of Borodzianka confessed that she met the anonymous artist when he was staying in her city.
Banksy in Ukraine
Jula Patoku, 42, from Borodzianka, claims that she and her daughter talked to Banksy when he was painting one of his famous murals. The painting shows a little boy performing a judo throw on a lookalike man Vladimir Putin. “I was talking to Banksy without knowing who he was when he was creating this graphic. And when he spoke to my daughter, she told him that she liked it – recalls the woman in an interview with the Daily Mirror published on February 26.
The 42-year-old’s daughter was also to share her own interpretation of the mural with the artist. According to her, it depicts a child saving his father from a monster attack. The mural became so important to the local community that officials erected a plastic cover around it. Potential vandals are also to be deterred by motion sensors mounted on it.
The mural with a small judoka is well known not only in Borodzianka. On the first anniversary of the Russian invasion, Ukraine issued a series of postage stamps with a photograph of the mural. On February 24, a long queue of people willing to buy anniversary stamps formed in front of the main post office in the capital of the country. – We believe our stamps are prophetic – postmaster Ihor Smilyanski saidreferring to those published less than a year earlier postage stamps that read “Russian warship, f… go!”.
Banksy is the pseudonym of a British artist who has been anonymous for years. The BBC in 2017 wrote about the investigation of a Scottish journalist who determined that Banksy probably comes from Bristol. However, these reports have not been confirmed. Graffiti Arts founder Valentinos Mikalef told Northeastern Global News that anonymity is an important part of an artist’s image. – I think he’s definitely a marketer. I think it’s about creating an atmosphere of mystery (around who he is) and making people guess,” he stated.
Daily Mirror, BBC, Northeastern Global News, tvn24.pl
Main photo source: Oleksii Chumachenko/Anadolu Agency/ABACAPRESS.COM/PAP