One Nation Under CCTV (Newman Street) - Canvas Print

Banksy Art print #2191

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Like his earlier “What Are You Looking At Security Camera” Banksy’s large-scale mural “One Nation Under CCTV” is a scathing indictment of the normalization of government surveillance. Having appeared in Newman Street near Oxford Circus in early 2004, the immense and ambitious mural was completed by putting up three blocks of scaffolding behind a barbed-wire security fence — all of this within view of two CCTV cameras. As a further mockery of London’s Metropolitan Police Force, the street artist depicted a young child on a flimsy stepladder, completing the slogan ‘"One Nation Under CCTV"’ with a paint roller. At the foot of the ladder a policeman stands taking a photo of the action without intervening. The piece became a publicity coup and a major tourist detour from London’s bustling Oxford Street. The slogan was hijacked from the American Pledge of Allegiance; ‘one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice’, and wonderfully combines tourist photo opportunity with twenty-first century anti-capitalist sloganeering. Almost ten years later Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations would confirm all of Banksy’s forewarnings about global surveillance culture. Yet the rupture of civil liberties and social justice that emerged from the mass of leaked documents revealed that the mechanical whirr of an urban CCTV camera was the just the tip of a much more ominous iceberg. Despite managing to subvert the ever-more watchful eye of the state authorities, Banksy’s “One Nation Under CCTV” was made an example of in 2008. Westminster Council, eager to dissuade graffiti of any kind, ordered its removal. But far more than a piece of visual art, Banksy’s piece lives on as a performance of urban rebellion.

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