Friday, 28 August 2015

Dismaland: A look into Banksy's latest creation

This week I decided to go to Dismaland. For those who don't know, Dismaland is one of street artist Banksy's newest weird and wonderful creations. It's a temporary art project based in Weston-Super-Mare in Somerset (I'm not sure if this is also intentionally ironic) and is a sinister twist on Disneyland, described by Banksy as 'a family theme park unsuitable for children.' The satirical take on a theme park features miserable guards, the most depressing rides and different art exhibitions including work by Damien Hirst and Jenny Holzer.

The whole atmosphere of the place is, as the name suggests, pretty dismal, but Banksy has created a whole world where everything has been glued together perfectly, from the staff being intentionally rude and telling you off for smiling to some pretty bleak theme park rides. The place has a very obvious political edge and it pushes art to to its limit, and pushes people to see things from completely different points of view. Yes, a lot of it seems very risky, but that's what Banksy is about and it opens art up to a whole new level. 

I've always been interested in art, but it's definitely this kind that I really love. It's breaking the rules and it's daring and it's original. The whole concept was so dismal it somehow became fun, as well as being an eye opener. So many of the statements dotted around the place are thought-provoking and these strong bold statements are sometimes just what we need in today's society.

The exhibition runs for 36 days until 27th September 2015 with limited tickets available each day. Luckily, I live relatively close to Weston so we didn't have far to drive. Just be prepared to queue. With restricted entry times and only a certain number of people allowed in at one time, we found we were queuing for around two hours before getting tickets and getting in. This however seemed only to add to the experience. 

If you want to experience something out of the ordinary, you should try to see this exhibition before it's gone. You will definitely be questioning everything and you will leave with a bemused smile on your face – I definitely recommend it.

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