Bomb Love (Bomb Hugger)-Banksy-1

Banksy has said: “It takes a lot of guts to stand up anonymously in a western democracy and call for things no one else believes in – like peace and justice and freedom.”. The work "Bomb Love (Bomb Hugger)" is an early iconic work by Banksy, and as the title suggests Banksy explores the dichotomy of war and love, by depicting a young, innocent-looking girl in the action of hugging a violent, war fuelling bomb. The monochromatic figurative work is placed in front of a bubble-gum pink background, almost floating. At a first glance, this work provokes anxiety, as the bomb may explode any minute. The piece offers a debate on the glamorized wars, as depicted by politicians; which come from a mindset strongly focused on gains of power, greed and dominance, on the contrary Banksy marries this with the arbitrator - the young girl, that is wearing her hair in playful ponytail, extending her arms in a suggestion of peace-making overpowering hatred, cooling the weapon with her embrace.