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Banksy of Bulgaria

Banksy of Bulgaria

I just stumbled upon this interesting intervention in Sofia, Bulgaria: An still unknown artist – dubbed Banksy of Bulgaria by some news agencies – transformed figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of the Soviet Army monument into superheroes and cartoon characters!

The Joker, Superman, Santa Claus, Robin (not quite sure) and even Ronald McDonald carrying the Stars and Stripes could be identified – I’m not sure about the figures, maybe you are able to name some more… However, in my eyes this guerilla art action is just superb! The transformation of Soviet soldiers into fantasy characters and in that way the combination of modern US culture and Soviet history is what some may missed in the original Banksy’s latest artworks.

Thumbs up Banksy of Bulgaria, well done!

Update:
As phART mentioned (in the comments area), this guerilla work could be valued as disrespectful to the memory of the terrible events which it commemorates. I request you to keep that in mind, although in my eyes, an important thing especially about so-called street art is the provoking intention…

Banksy of Bulgaria

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  1. To suggest that this in some way is representative of a banksy work is, at best, misjudged. Yes, it’s kind of fun but it’s everything that’s wrong with half-baked street art. It’s wholly unimaginative, not to mention disrespectful to the memory of the terrible events which it commemorates. It makes no intelligent comment and begs the question “what’s good about it?”. Anyone can go out with some cans and spray the nearest war memorial into funny comic book characters. There’s no ‘statement’, there’s no real skill or creativity… it’s really just some pretty poorly-executed defacement the like of which I last saw at school. Banksy? Erm, no.

    • Of course this intervention is provocative – you are totally right! But of course also the loose connection with Banksy (whose success is mainly based on provoking actions/ artworks) is provocative.

      The interesting thing about probably the majority of street artworks is that they could be created by a lot of people – often it’s just about having an idea and the right spot. And please tell me what are “real skills” or “real creativity”…

  2. Hello, I’m from Buglaria. And I dropped by, just to say, that this monument represents an event that has never happened in Bulgaria. This monument represents the liberation of Bulgaria from Nazi Germany. Erm, hello, we were allies to Germany. When Sovies crossed the Danube river and got on Bulgarian soil, they have declared war to us. So when the Soviets came here they were occupators.
    Oh and the irony of this monument is just overwhelming. It seems that we’ve changed one imperialist for another. And thanks to this act we saw what were the true colors of Bulgarian politics. 20 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, they are still red.

  3. I’m from Bulgaria as well but contrary to the Bulgarian, who posted here before me I didn’t grow up in a family, which was in the circle of privileged party members. My opinion is not tainted by the soviet time propaganda and I believe represents the new wave of democratic changes, which are taking over the country, despite the resistance of the red clans, who are still controlling the economy, the drug trafficking and the contraband going through the country.
    There has never been a “liberation” of Bulgaria by the soviet forces, simply because there were never any German soldiers in the country. The Russians entered the country with the idea to take over and never leave. During their rule, the elite of the nation, 50000 people were executed without a legal court or a sentence. Hundreds of thousands disappeared in the work camps and communist prisons. The country was turned into a jail, people leave the country or travel within without specific perdition issued by the soviet backed regime.
    The damage done by the soviet invaders and the communists has left a lasting mark on many generations of Bulgarians and compares to nothing else, this century old country has endured through the ages.
    Most people applaud the author of this act. I wish there were more people like him.

    • I will reply to you, Peter, in English so others can understand also. The caps lock will be just to make things obvious.
      I said that this monument represents an event that HAS NEVER HAPPENED. The Soviets have NEVER liberated us from anything. They were OCCUPATORS (The Soviet army), we were allies to Germany.
      When I said that “Bulgarian politics is still red” I mean that all of our politicians and etc. started apologizing to Russia. Which in my onw view showed that we are still kissing Russia’s ass and bending over for her. And its election year, yay. Furthermore not to mention that the monument of Patriarch Evtimii is covered with graffiti also, but noone has even bodered to clean it. And that many buildings and monuments in Bulgaria are covered with the swastika and have “hate speech” written on them. No one has bodered to clean them. And that is punishable by law (the hate speech) according to the constitution. So now I’d like to see “Forum “Bulgaria – Russia” to clean all of these graffiti aswell. And also I’d like to see our politicians and unions of writers and etc. to write a apologizing letter to Israel, for all of the hatefull graffiti. Since I dont see any difference about this particular monument and for instance a graffiti of a swastika on а synagogue.
      And just to be clear, I havent grown up in a family, which was in the circle of privileged party members. And infact my 2 gradfathers were in Belene and Lovech. You should know, what I’m talking about. The camps some Bulgarian politicians call “The Bulgarian GULAG”.
      Oh, and for last I’d say that I also agree with the author of this act.

  4. Everybody can paint a square on a canvas! Arguments like that won´t work for Street Art as well as for Museum Art!
    Banksy is completely overrated, overhyped. And he didn´t do less damage to some his monument works as the author(s?) of the attack on the picture. (But that was maybe not your point phART). The work has done its part and raised its discussion. This job is done good enough, in my opinion

  5. Sorry, the text is translated by Google. Provocation is wonderful, especially if there are consequences to this. But there is a boundary. I’m from Russia, the communist regime and not happy with the then policy. I regard as an act of vandalism. If Banksy wanted to say something, then it is not the “words” picked up. Russian soldiers fought against the Nazis, trying not to just kick it with my parentsBut to eliminate the very reason – Hitler!
    I love his work, but of this I am not enthusiastic. Too different to understand for everyone.

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