Fri. Dec 9th, 2022

British street artist Banksy unveiled his latest artwork, this time in Ukraine, putting an end to weeks of speculation about whether he had traveled to the country.

The anonymous graffiti artist shared images of a mural depicting a female gymnast balancing on the rubble of a destroyed building on his Instagram page late Friday.

However, he gave no information about the piece or his travels — revealing only its location as the town of Borodyanka, in the Kyiv region.

The town, which lies around 30 miles to the northwest of the Ukrainian capital, was besieged by Russian forces in the early weeks of the Feb. 24 invasion and subjected to aerial bombardment. It was recaptured by Ukraine in early April.

Other murals, similar to Banksy’s signature style, have also appeared in the region, although the artist has not confirmed whether they belonged to him.

One, also in Borodyanka, shows a child throwing a man resembling Russian President Vladimir Putin to the floor during a judo match. Putin holds a black belt in the sport and has even starred in an instructional video titled “Let’s Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin.”

Another image, this time in the Kyiv suburb of Irpin, shows a rhythmic gymnast wearing a neck brace while performing with a ribbon over a hole on the side of a building.

This is not the first time that Banksy’s work has been associated with Ukraine following the Russian invasion: In March, a print of one of his most famous antiwar pieces, “CND Soldiers,” was sold, with the proceeds going to a children’s hospital in the capital Kyiv. The artwork was originally painted near the British parliament in 2003, during protests against the war in Iraq.

Despite being one of the world’s best-known street artists, Banksy has managed to maintain his anonymity since he rose to fame in the 1990s.





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