Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Banksy Strikes Gaza (2008)

 In July of 2008, mysterious painting started showing up in the west bank on the Palestinian side of the wall. As soon as the photos went on the web, we all knew what had happened. Banksy went on vacation to the Gaza Strip. With all of the violence going on at that time, he decided to risk his life (he is an Englishman)and go over and make some beautiful and meaningful art. Above is a wonderful one of a dove with a flack-jacket on. A snipers laser is zeroing in the symbol of peace. This is on the side of a building facing the Isreali side.
 This painting is also on the Palestinian side of the wall on the Gaza Strip. It is obviously a painting of a hole in the wall letting Palestinians see what paradise awaits them on the other side. This is a farce. The children painted below are waiting for the hole to open wider so they can play on the beach. Again- great irony from Banksy.
This is another gem painted by Banksy on the Palestinian side of the wall. This imlies that 'just outside the window' is a beautiful landscape. Another farce. A spokesperson for banksy admits that the artist was threatened by Palestinian authority for vandalism of Palestinian property, which was ironic sine the Isrealis built these walls to separate themselves from them. Ahhhhhhhh- irony at its best!

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