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The secret life of China’s Banksy

The secretive life of China’s most controversial cartoonist

8 July 2023

9:00 AM

8 July 2023

9:00 AM

The crypt of St John’s Waterloo feels serene and secure, a world away from the bustling city above. ‘I will spend the day here, because I feel safe here,’ Badiucao tells me. The dissident political cartoonist, who has been called ‘China’s Banksy’, is preparing to display his work on the crypt’s newly restored brick walls as part of an exhibition by exiled artists.

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