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Banksy video screens at Moscow’s Tretyakov gallery for #WithSyria campagin

Banksy video screens at Moscow's Tretyakov gallery for #WithSyria campagin
A still from Banksy's video for the #WithSyria campagin

14 March 2014
Text Nadia Beard

An animated version of Banksy’s famous Girl with the Red Balloon was projected yesterday onto the wall of Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery in solidarity with the #WithSyria campaign. The elusive UK-based artist, known for his satirical and political images, created the 15-metre projection in support of the campaign, which has launched in 25 countries across the world to mark the third anniversary of the civil war in Syria.

For the video, Banksy reworked his famous stencil by replacing the young girl releasing a red heart-shaped balloon, with a figure of a young Syrian refugee. In the video, which features a voiceover by British actor Idris Elba and music by rock band Elbow, the Syrian girl floats away from the carnage of war below. Over the next two days, similar screenings will be held in cities around the world, from a makeshift cinemas in a refugee camps in Jordan to a screen in New York’s Times Square.

Source: Moskovsky Komsomolets