Going to the Banksy exhibit in Berlin opened my eyes to a whole new form of expression. Banksy has been known in the past as a deviant because of the social commentary and political opinions displayed in his artwork. I didn't know much about Banksy going into the exhibit and it was so interesting to learn about how he has influenced the world of graffiti with his artwork. His anarchist social commentary makes people think about the world they live in in a more critical light. Nobody knows who Banksy is and that serves to increase his mystique as an artist.
The day after going to the Banksy exhibit, we went on a cultural and graffiti tour of Kreuzberg, Berlin. Jared was our tour guide and he informed us about the history of graffiti art in Berlin. Graffiti became an important part of art in Berlin because of the Berlin Wall and the freedom of expression of the West Side of Berlin. It became a political statement to graffiti the wall and ever since graffiti has been an important form of expression in Berlin.