Poetry Corner: Wouter Verwer

With some gentle attitude
A sense of peace and pace
You walk through walls
Others might just look at you
Without a clue
Does it matter?
Enjoy this gentle walk
Start to run joyfully
When the road feels clear and visible.
The field is yours
A reward will await
In a friend hitting you
with his heart in the end:


Banksy’s “Dismaland”


The world’s most renowned street artist in the world doesn’t need any introduction. He is, of course, Banksy.

Banksy is a British Graffiti Artist, Political Activist, a Film Director and a painter. He has been spray painting the urban landscape ever since early 1990s. Banksy has had many big exhibitions throughout his career but this time Dismaland is bound to leave a big mark in his career. It offers something that no artist has ever been able to bring to the public. He has has included 58 globally renowned artists as well. This exhibition has started when Dismaland opened from 22nd August to 27th September 2015. This is bound to run for 36 days straight with only 4,000 tickets available per day. The ticket cost is £30 only.

Banksy’s exhibition of course has caused a lot of controversey, this started when over the last month there was a mysterious construction inside the walls of derelict seaside swimming resort in the Weston-super-Mare in UK. The curiosity arose when a dingy looking Disney castle and a gigantic rainbow colored pinwheel tangled in plastic. This was something that promised a big event. And it was, this was the construction of Banksy’s DismaLand. Dismaland is a bemusement park which is a sinister twist on Disney Land. It is a rare form of art exhibition in which Banksy has revealed a pop up art exhibition, this is an apocalyptic theme park which displays the artist’s work in a unique way.

This event has Banksy written all over it, from its initial veil of secrecy to the artistic themes of apocalypse. It was not limited to apocalypse, the theme included anti-consumerism and pointed social critiques. The topics that inspired the art and critiques are based on celebrity culture, immigration and law enforcement. He displayed 10 of his own artworks inside the three main interior galleries that also included other artists  58 global artists including Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, Jimmy Cauty, Bill Barminski, Caitlin Cherry, Polly Morgan, Josh Keyes, Mike Ross, David Shrigley, Bäst, and Espo.

A program of 24 short films is also displayed in the massive outdoor cinema. These films will play day and night throughout the exhibition. The films to be displayed are from various shorts including; Santiago Grasso & Patricio Plaza, Kirsten Lepore, The Mercadantes, Ze Frank, Adrien M. & Claire B., Black Sheep Films, and Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared.

Every Friday night there have been live events these include events like; Run the jewels, Pussy Riot, Peanut butter wolf and Heartbeat Lou, Comedy nights and DJs for every night.

So far the exhibition has relatively positive reviews, it is not recommended however for children. The misery starts from buying the ticket, there is such a high demand for tickets and number of slots per day are limited. Some people even mistake this over booking for the start of the dismaland experience. Many celebrities like; Russell Brand, Nicholas Hoult, Jack Black and Daddy G have also visited dismaland.