Banksy’s satirical Picnic contrasts a group of indigenous African hunter-gatherers bewildered by the picnic of a White middle-class urban family picnicking on the beach. The contrast of civilizations and technologies suggests irreconcilable differences that as of civilizations. Oblivious of the hunter-gathers, the family is at ease and enjoying the beach. To the hunter-gathers, the family might as well be extraterrestrials.
Banksy’s take on this is opposite Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s Roadside Picnic in which the satire is reverse. It’s the Earthlings who are perplexed and mystified by Alien’s “picnic” debris.
Featured Image: Banksy. Picnic (2005). Medium unknown. Private Collection