Banksy is using his Global profile taking these bold political statement to highlight the devastating conditions, this war torn region of Gaza are experiencing.
Yesterday evening he released a political mini documentary to highlight conditions for Gaza! Opening scene ‘“Make this the year YOU discover a new destination.” Starting almost alike to a holiday promotion video.
Next it shows Banksy sneaking through illegal tunnels through a metal door emerging into an area where children play between rubble. It continues to explain Gaza’s situation highlighting that they are surrounded by walls and a line of gun boats stopping them from leaving. It also shows that citizens have not been allowed to use cement to help re-build after 2014 when Operation Protective Edge destroyed 18,000 homes.
Banksy wrote on his site ‘Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons—they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost every day”
Banksy has produced 4 murals there so far. One of a statue crying between the bomb damaged city. One of silhouettes of children riding a swing chair ride that is a surveillance tower.
A cat playing with coiled meta. He’s highlighting the problems that social media being full of images of popular cat meme’s and how real issues get missed in there haze. On Banksy’s site he says “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.”
And for me the most thought provoking quote:
“If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful—we don’t remain neutral.”
Banksy has the world’s attention. Like his work or not a pictures are worth a 1000 words. Today his work is shown on world wide news channels and blogs across the globe talking about the artwork and pushing this controversial situation into the public eye from an unbiased view of what the people of Gaza are going through.