One of the most famous graffiti artists in the world, Banksy, has turned his attention to the streets and walls of the Gaza Strip for a new documentary. Banksy travelled through one of the many secret tunnels into and out of Gaza, to reach the Strip.
While his work bemused some Gazans, others saw a political message. ”Make this the year YOU discover a new destination,” the film flashes, interspersed with images making the brutal reality of life in the Gaza strip painfully clear.
Banksy supplied an explanation on his website. “A local man came up and said ‘Please — what does this mean?’ I explained I wanted to highlight the destruction in Gaza by posting photos on my website — but on the internet people only look at pictures of kittens.”
Banksy has been vocal for years about his support for the Palestinian cause. In 2005, he created artwork on the Israeli West Bank barrier, explaining the sentiment to The Independent. “The segregation wall is a disgrace. On the Israeli side it’s all manicured lawns and SUVs, on the other side it’s just dust and men looking for work. The possibility I find exciting is you could turn the world’s most invasive and degrading structure into the world’s longest gallery of free speech and bad art. And I like to think I can help with that bit.”