The Gaza Strip
Looked upon as the world’s largest ‘open air’ prison, the Gaza Strip was constructed in a manner which did not allow for entrance or exit. Anyone who was there would stay there; there was no means of escape. Some prisons, however, were meant to be broken.
Banksy is an artist, but not just any artist. Banksy is THE artist who actually found a way into the Gaza Strip. He didn’t even have to implement genius. He found his way into the area through tunnels which connected to the confinement area, all of which start in the heart of Egypt.
In a tourism video parody gone viral via Banksy’s website he begins to put art on the walls of Gaza Strip. The art is very ‘graffiti’ in nature, basic and simple, yet profound in nature. Not too many of the Strip’s walls even stand anymore, but Banksy, the artist, finds plenty of space to get his point across.
Banksy employs a translator of Palestinian descent. Together they implement a commentary, via Banksy’s website, which is focused not only on the artwork which Banksy has laid down, but on the poverty and pain of those living in the Gaza Strip locale. This message is straightforward. It is directed at those of us in the world who are complacent toward the pain and need of these people.