Banksy's Stop And Search print, which features Dorothy, the protagonist of the beloved book and film The Wizard of Oz, is typical of the street artist's biting wit. Dorothy is shown having her wicker basket searched by a uniformed police officer in this satirical take on the contentious stop and search legislation first implemented by the UK government in the 1980s and more recently criticized by much of the left for unfair targeting of ethnic minorities.
The print, which is printed in black and white except for the blue of the policeman's disposable gloves, depicts Dorothy in her now-iconic gingham dress, her face showing concern as the man rummages through her picnic basket.
Dorothy, played by Judy Garland in the 1939 film, is a typical female character of early to mid-twentieth-century Hollywood films, portrayed as harmless and naive, with the catchphrase "there's no place like home." This is only emphasized by the presence of her little terrier Toto, who represents additional celebrated values such as loyalty and companionship.
With the introduction of the officer clad in riot gear, intent on finding contraband items, Banksy subverts those traditional associations.
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