An art form is losing its prevalent definitions as artists seem imaginative enough to negotiate with any boundaries to express their obsessions.
The most celebrated street artist Banksy’s first film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) beautifully hinders the accepted sense of documentary films with its ambiguity between reality and fiction. Banksy, a leading artist with remarkable aptitude of street art, evolves into an important new generation filmmaker with this unique film.
The film follows an amateur filmmaker named Thierry Guetta, a Frenchman living in America, obsessed with documenting everything with his video camera. As he encounters his cousin Invader, another phenomenal street artist of the time, his obsession finds a focus in street art. He hunts for other prominent street artists sooner to find himself close to Shepard Fairy and Banksy. Inspired from Banksy, the biggest of all, Guetta no later chooses his career in street art turning making himself an owner of million dollars overnight.
Guetta, who is very much inspired from Banksy into street art and other mockery sculptors and graffiti, inspires Banksy to make a film about himself. Despite telling the story of this man and Banksy himself, the film puts street arts and graffiti into a superior height of activism.
When Banksy stages Guetta (probably as a revealed face of himself) just like he makes pranks the corrupted system, the capitalist society, the brainwashing media and the brainwashed people through his art, the film itself makes mockery of the general notion about documentary films. Mr. Brainwash as Guetta names himself after turning himself into an overnight successful artist, the film brainwashes people of their accepted notions of art, especially documentary film.
Cinematography is uneven and crispy consistent to the hasty and alarming spirit of the street art.