BANKSY is believed to be behind a mural which has emerged in Venice which depicts a migrant girl in a life-jacket who is holding a flare.
The striking composition shows streaming pink flowing behind the child as she stands at the water’s edge beside a Venetian canal.
It cropped up on the island of Dorsoduro last week and apparently coincides with the city’s world famous Biennale art exhibition, where each country submits artworks.
This year’s theme is the “condition of late capitalism, lurching from crisis to crisis”.
The alleged Banksy has been dubbed “The Shipwrecked Child”.
The plight of marooned migrants and refugees who are being pulled to the west in search of a better life has been explored in previous works.
In 2015, he stencilled an image of Apple founder Steve Jobs — the son of a Syrian refugee — onto the Calais migrant camp.
Called “The Jungle”, that piece showed Jobs carrying an Apple computer and a black bin bag.
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On that work, in a rare statement, Banksy said: “We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant.
“Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (£4.6bn) a year in taxes — and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”
According to The Art Newspaper, the new piece has “all the characteristics of a Banksy”.
But they said Pest Control — Banksy’s authentication team — had not yet commented and nor has his social media accounts.
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