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Banksy Puts Up New Works Amidst the Bombed-Out Ruins of Palestine

February 26, 2015 in Blogs

By Kali Holloway, AlterNet

The artist offers a satirically upbeat travelogue of the devastation in Gaza.

Street artist Banksy posted photos and a short film on his website of works he recently put up in the streets of Palestine. In the aforementioned mini-documentary, the artist offers a satirical travelogue of Gaza’s bombed-out ruins.

One photograph depicts a Banksy mural of a kitten. The UK artist includes a caption:

“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.”

The video, satirically titled “‪Make this the year YOU discover a new destination,” features onscreen text welcoming viewers to Gaza and observations such as “Locals like it so much they never leave (Because they’re not allowed to)” and “Development opportunities are everywhere (No cement has been allowed into Gaza since the bombing).”

This is the second time Banksy has posted work in Palestine. In 2005, the artist left a series of images on the West Bank Wall.

You can check out the mini-documentary and some of the most recent images below. To see all of the new pieces, visit Banksy’s website.

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