Mojo is one of the founders of Turbozone, a traveling psychedelic circus inspired by the Andalusian fiesta. Its intensive use of pyrotechnics is at the origin of the Rocket Festival held in 2008 near Granada, a city with a predestined name.
Banksy and Mojo meet in Spain in 1999. Turbozone are preparing their Cinderella show. Their truck is a 17 ton Volvo. Mojo commissions Banksy to decorate the entire exterior of the vehicle. This work is ready in 2000 to celebrate the millennium.
The image on the truck is threatening, with running soldiers in Soviet style and flying monkeys. A Stakhanovist worker knocks a television receiver with his hammer. The main slogan is apocalyptic : Laugh now but one day we'll be in charge. Later Banksy's monkeys will enjoy displaying this sentence on a sandwich board. Cuidado con el Toro appears as a reference to the Spanish origin of the project. All Systems Go is a mockery of the technocracy.
The Turbozone truck is a very rare example of an early work by Banksy whose original realization had no furtive circumstance. Curiously, its extreme violence and its iconographic entanglement are reminiscent of the ultra-conservative activism of Gilbert and George.
This artwork could well exceed the auction record for a Volvo truck. It is estimated £ 1M for sale by Bonhams to Goodwood on September 14, lot 212. Please watch the video shared by the auction house on Twitter.