Banksy Tags Palestine

“The Israeli government is building a wall surrounding the occupied Palestinian territories. It stands three times the height of the Berlin Wall and will eventually run for over 700km – the distance from London to Zurich. The wall is illegal under international law and essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open prison. It also makes it the ultimate activity holiday destination for graffiti writers.”

So says the self-described “art terrorist,” Banksy, on the front page of his website. Best known for the cynical/satirical stencil works and covert gallery installations, Banksy recently traveled to the Middle East to share vision with those on the Palestinian side of the wall. Besides his usual fare of stenciled figures and abstracted interventions, several of the nine works depict windows or holes looking onto idyllic scenes – The series has been dubbed “Holiday Snaps.” Although the trip was largely without incident, Banksy did encounted some resistance. Said one passerby: “you paint the wall, you make it look beautiful.” Banksy thanked the man, only to be answered with, “we don’t want it to be beatiful, we hate this wall. Go home.”

Sounds like the beginnings of a new East Side Gallery.

&#183 via The Guardian

see also:
&#183 Banksy in New Orleans
&#183 More Architectural Graffiti
&#183 Crime as Ornament: Architectural Graffiti

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Jimmy Stamp

Jimmy Stamp is a freelance writer, researcher, and recovering architect. He has contributed to The Guardian, Wired, Smithsonian, The Journal of Architectural Education, and many other websites and publications. His first book Pedagogy and Place: 100 Years of Architecture Education at Yale comes out in spring 2016. If you're looking for writer with a penchant for Piranesi and pop culture, or if you just want to say hi, you can find him on twitter @LifeSansBldgs or instagram or email him at

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