“I’m real; I am who I am”: Mr. Brainwash

No sé en qué estaba pensando cuando me estaba perdiendo la interesante vida de Thierry Guetta aka Mr. Brainwash. De hecho, no sabia nada de él hasta hace poco. Tampoco sé que estaba haciendo que no había visto el film de Banksy “Exit Through The Gift Shop”.

Mr. Brainwash, empezó su carrera grabando videos de arte callejero muy cerca de su primo, quien resultó ser el urban artist: Space-invader. A raíz de la cercanía que tenia con el street art, Mr. Brainwash filmo muy de cerca a reconocidos artistas de ese movimiento, hasta llegar al mismo Banksy, dedicándose a documentar por un tiempo las obras del polémico artista británico. Al cabo del tiempo Guetta y Banksy se hicieron panas, al punto que es el mismo Guetta quien protagoniza el documental Exit Through The Gift Shop.

El film es brutal, hace que uno quiera ir por la ciudad con una lata en la mano rayando todo. ¿Quién no ha querido eso?

Justamente, escribí esto porque conseguí que la revista alemana The Talks le hizo una entrevista a Mr. Brainswash. Su primera respuesta me dejo atónito. Y justamente por eso decidí publicar un fragmento de la conversación.

“Mr. Brainwash, are you an art piece by Banksy?

What’s an art piece? Maybe I am. If you think about it, why not? I’m real; I am who I am. I’m continuing. What you see now is mine, Banksy has nothing to do with it. I’m here, it’s me. My life is my life; nobody’s going to take that from me. His life is his life. I mean, we have a connection, we have something that connected us for a movie, but life goes on.

Do you introduce yourself as Mr. Brainwash or Thierry Guetta?

Both names are the same – Mr. Brainwash a.k.a. Thierry Guetta. People know me as both names. It’s the same person.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned from Bansky?

If I learned anything from him, it would be passion. You know, two people meet each other and they connect. That’s why there is a movie about it because there was a connection from him to me and me to him. There is this connection that made something.

Were you ever tempted to tell people who he really is? A lot of people are interested in that and would pay a lot of money.

I don’t get bought out. I’m a real person with real trust and that’s how it is. You don’t need to know; it’s not going to make a difference if you know. It’s just going to serve a little problem in your head but it doesn’t make a difference.”

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