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Stop And Search - Signed Print by Banksy 2007 - MyArtBroker
Stop And Search Signed Print 
Banksy

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Meaning & Analysis

Featuring the Wizard of Oz’s Dorothy and Toto, Banksy’s Stop and Search shows the Kansan having her wicker basket searched by a gloved policeman. A satirical take on the controversial 'stop and search' legislation, first introduced by the UK government in the '80s, Stop and Search references a much-criticised UK government policy that has since become a byword for the disproportionate targeting of ethnic minorities by police forces.

Printed mostly in black and white - except for the blue of the policeman’s disposable gloves - the print shows Dorothy in her now iconic gingham dress, her face betraying a sense of concern at her treatment. Played by Judy Garland in the 1939 film, Dorothy is a typical of the 'harmless female' archetype, peddled by the Hollywood-based US film industry throughout the 20th century. Portrayed as harmless and naive, and with the catchphrase ‘there’s no place like home’, Dorothy serves as a figuration of childhood innocence.

This symbolic role is only reinforced by the presence of Dorothy's little terrier, Toto, who represents the celebrated values of loyalty and companionship. With its symbolic qualities in mind, then, this Banksy print subverts traditional iconic associations, introducting an armed officer clad in riot gear so as to disrupt visual meaning and balance.