The Walled Off Hotel. Palestine, March 2017.

The Walled Off Hotel is the latest big exhibition by Banksy, with more than 20 new originals. The hotel is a piece of art in itself and effectively mixes art, politics, and tourism. On the ground floor are approx. 15 new Banksy studio pieces and a museum commemorating “a hundred years since the British took control of Palestine and helped kick start a Century of confusion and conflict”. There are eight bookable hotel rooms on the upper floor, some of which are decorated by Banksy. There is also an exhibition hall with local Palestinian artists, among them Suleyman Mansour.

Photos: R.A.

The official video clip from the opening of Walled Off Hotel:

The Gaza Strip. February 2015.

In February 2015, Banksy published a 2-minute video titled “Make this the year YOU discover a new destination” about his trip to Gaza Strip. During his visit, he painted a few artworks, including a kitten on the remains of a house destroyed by an Israeli air strike and a swing hanging off a watchtower. In his own words in a statement to the New York Times:

“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 . I don’t want to take sides. But when you see entire suburban neighborhoods reduced to rubble with no hope of a future — what you’re really looking at is a vast outdoor recruitment center for terrorists. And we should probably address this for all our sakes.”


The segregation wall. Palestine, August 2005.

In August 2005, Team Banksy visited Palestine, where they painted nine large murals on the segregation wall. Banksy commented that the wall “essentially turns Palestine into the world’s largest open prison.” Banksy’s website reminded readers that Israel’s 425-mile-long West Bank barrier, separating Israel from the Palestinian territories, is considered illegal by the United Nations. During the visit to Ramallah and surrounding areas, Banksy reported some tense moments. His spokeswoman Jo Brooks said: “The Israeli security forces did shoot in the air threateningly, and there were quite a few guns pointed at him.”

Photos: Wall and piece – Banksy