Following his acceptance of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary the night before, Mr Brainwash and his wife Deborah Guetta attended the 83rd Academy Awards for “Exit Through The Gift Shop”.
Following its successful Sundance premiere and its reception of the Grierson Trust Documentary Award for Most Entertaining Documentary, Mr Brainwash attended the 26th Independent Spirit Awards, hosted by Film Independent, to accept the award for Best Documentary.
Accepting the award in Banksy’s place, Mr Brainwash coyly responded to questions regarding the secretive artist, keeping up the intrigue surrounding the film and its creation.
To commemorate the Oscars and Exit Through The Gift Shop’s nomination into its Best Documentary category by the Academy, Mr Brainwash painted a mural on La Brea Ave. of the Oscar statuette wearing a hoodie guarded, and filmed, by Storm Troopers.
Exit Through The Gift Shop was released during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Attendees were curious to see what Banksy had in store, as the film presented by his camp could not be found in the festival’s programming.
The only clues to Banksy’s participation in the film festival were the stencils that popped up on some of the buildings around the city.
In true Banksy fashion the affair was wrapped up in mystery, as the documentary directed by the Scarlet Pimpernel of street art, using film footage Mr. Brainwash had accumulated in the ten years he followed a number of street artists with his camera during it’s rebirth, was unveiled for the first time to the public eye.
The documentary was a huge hit among Sundance attendees, you can read more about the event on The Guardian.
The Cans Festival was the first British exhibit Banksy coordinated and curated in over three years and it featured the work of street artists worldwide, Brazil, Canada and Australia to name a few countries!
Huge installations, varying from smashed up cars to a sculpture incorporating CCTVS, and mixed media artwork filled the abandoned tunnel that once was used by taxi drivers.
The exhibit was free and open to the public during May 3rd – 5th, 2008. Visitors were also encouraged to play their part by adding their own stencil into the show.
Mr Brainwash featured his iconic Britney Spears and Madonna image for the event.