Banksy’s Newest Work: A Tour Of The Gaza Strip
U.K. street artist Banksy appears to have visited the Gaza Strip, as seen in a new video released on his site.
The two-minute documentary uses the frame of a travel ad to show some of the destruction caused in Gaza during last year’s conflict. The camera pans to children playing in the rubble, and locals sitting among the ruins of their homes.
“The locals like it so much they never leave,” text says over the screen, “(because they’re not allowed to),” followed by shots of IDF soldiers at the Qalandiya checkpoint separating the West Bank city of Ramallah from Jerusalem. Banksy visited the West Bank in 2005, and again in 2012, leaving his signature graffiti on several sites.
The video also features a man, presumably Banksy, traveling into Gaza through the network of tunnels that connect Gaza and Egypt. Those tunnels have increasingly come under attack by Egyptian security forces, who are creating a buffer zone between Egypt and Gaza. It is unclear from the video when Banksy travelled to Gaza, although his publicist, Jo Brooks, confirmed that the video was authentic, as are several new works by Banksy.
In another image, a cat plays with a ball of metal. On his website Banksy writes: “A local man came up and said â€˜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.”
The video ends by focusing on a graffiti message on a wall:
“If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful — we don’t remain neutral.”