For five weeks, from August 22 to September 27, the public is able to enter the “bemusement park,” a satirical twist on theme parks located in Weston-super-Mare, a seaside town in Southern England.
“It’s a fairground where nothing is as it seems,” says Lasserre. “The heavy layer of irony and subversion that is plastered over what at first appears to be recognizable, everyday objects makes you doubt and question everything.”
An email from Banksy to participate came to Lasserre “out of the blue,” he says. “We then communicated back and forth quite a bit about the themes and different pieces of my work that he was interested in and how they could be integrated.”
Lasserre’s interest in the mysterious made his work a logical choice for the obscure project. Of the five pieces Lasserre has in the exhibition, one was created specifically for Dismaland — an old wooden carousel horse with anatomical details carved out of one side and mounted on a brass pole housed in the more traditional gallery space of the park.