Banksy hits Gaza
It’s been ten years since the ever political street artist Banksy went to what he called “the ultimate activity holiday destination for graffiti writers”: the West Bank Barrier in Palestine. While there, even with guns being pointed at him, he managed to produce nine paintings on the 680 kilometre barrier, depicting images of escape and the beauty of the world on the other side of the wall.
Recently, he returned to the “the world’s largest open air prison” to do another series of paintings among the ruins of Gaza, which he uploaded to his website yesterday. On top of three paintings and a quote, Banksy posted a video of his trip. The video, as well as the artwork, is filled with just as much ruin as it is sarcasm and coupled with lines like “the locals like it so much they never leave (because they’re not allowed to)” which may make it one of his best to date.
Though probably the most risky, the trips to Palestine are just the tip of the satirical iceberg for Banksy’s works. While he does art that isn’t politically charged, it’s the work that is that’s made him one of the most, if not the most culturally and artistically significant artists around.
In honour of that, let’s take a look at some of the best, controversial work of the enigma that is Banksy.