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Banksy artwork appears on the streets and walls of Gaza
26 February 2015 Last updated at 19:19 GMT
One of the most famous graffiti artists in the world, Banksy, has turned his attention to the streets and walls of the Gaza Strip for a new documentary.
Banksy travelled through one of the many secret tunnels into and out of Gaza, to reach the Strip.
While his work bemused some Gazans, others saw a political message.
Art students Nasser and Abeer told the BBC what the murals would mean to the people of Gaza.
The Bristolian street artist Banksy has returned to Palestine to create another series of works, following his famous 2005 series painted on the West Bank barrier wall.
The works, which he trailed on his Instagram account last night, include one piece which somewhat resembles Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker, with the figure’s hand gone from thoughtfully supporting his face to covering it in despair – or perhaps Niobe, the classical figure weeping for the loss of her children. Another features a kitten sprayed on the remains of a wall, posed playing with a coiled ball of rusted metal as if it were wool. A third features children swinging around a watchtower as though it were a fairground ride.
The artist made a film to go alongside the works, documenting the devastation wrought by Israeli militia and bombing campaigns. “Make this the year YOU discover a new destination,” he sarcastically writes in its captions, recalling the banal exhortations of holiday brochures. One local is recorded saying of the kitten painting: “This cat tells the whole world that she is missing joy in her life. The cat found something to play with. What about our children?” The camera then rests on text that reads: “If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful – we don’t remain neutral.”
The artist’s previous work in Gaza on the barrier wall that seals off the Palestinian territories from Israel included an image depicting a group of girls being lifted aloft my balloons. The now infamous image marked the moment where the artist widened his satire from social problems in the UK to international issues.
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