The artwork is a memorial tribute to an anonymous black figure in a picture frame surrounded by flowers and candles, with a vigil candle burning the United States of America flag set against a graffiti grey tone background.
Banksy posted the new artwork on Instagram today with the words:
“At first I thought I should just shut up and listen to black people about this issue. But why would I do that? It’s not their problem, it’s mine.
People of colour are being failed by the system. The white system. Like a broken pipe flooding the apartment of the people living downstairs. The faulty system is making their life a misery, but it’s not their job to fix it. They can’t, no one will let them in the apartment upstairs.
This is a white problem. And if white people don’t fix it, someone will have to come upstairs and kick the door in”. Banksy
Mr George Floyd, 46, died after a police officer was filmed pressing his knee into his neck in Minneapolis on 25 May 2020. He could be heard gasping while repeatedly pleading with the officer: “I can’t breathe.”
That police officer, Derek Chauvin, has since been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His three colleagues present at the time have also been charged with aiding and abetting murder.
His death has sparked days of anti-racism protests across America and the rest of the world.
Photo credit Banksy