UK’s most subversive, mysterious, darkly comic and socially thought-provoking graffiti artist, Banksy, just announced his biggest exhibition yet; a five week long art gallery cleverly titled Dismaland Bemusement Park. It’s situated inside the walls of Tropicana; a run-down, seafront swimming resort in the UK where Banksy spend time as a child. The world renown street artist transformed the desolate resort from a 15 year long abandoned lido into a pop up art exhibit featuring new work from himself as well as 50 other artists from around the world whose contributions convey general themes of apocalypse, anti-consumerism, and anti-corporate messages.
Advertised as “The UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction” that is a “family theme park unsuitable for children,” Banksy’s Dismaland is full of grumpy and uninformative guards, distressing imagery, a dingy looking Cinderella castle, gargantuan rainbow-colored pinwheel tangled in plastic and Grim Reaper dodgem, just to name a few of its many mentally provocative attractions. Along with art that expresses Banksy’s trademark dark humor and overall distressful overtones, Dismaland features a few rides, completely impossible fair games, interactive artworks and unexpected spectacles happening throughout the day. Additionally, there will be DJ’s every Saturday night and a series of live concerts throughout its five week stint, featuring performances from Run The Jewels, Massive Attack, Pussy Riot and more.