In a reworking of a piece by the renowned Australian street artist, Meek, Banksy’s “Keep Your Coins. I Want Change” is a damning reminder of the unsympathetic march of economic progress.
While the hopes and subsequent violence of the twenty-first century gave way to wavering bouts of aspiration and pessimism, the promise of societal change has never been far from the political agenda. Yet as with any period of social upheaval, the urban poor are always the hardest hit.
Perhaps reworked by Banksy to remind us of the hope that surrounded Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for ‘change’, his adaptation of Meek’s popular image is a resounding cry of dissatisfaction.