BANKSY - Visit Historic Palestine

BANKSY - Visit Historic Palestine

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2018. Offset print. Unknown edition size. Official Walled Off Hotel stamp lower left and red hotel ink stamp (verso). Comes with original WOH receipt.

Souvenir poster from 'The Walled Off Hotel', the Banksy’s art installation and functioning hotel with "The worst view in the world". This artwork can only be purchased at the Walled Off Hotel gift shop in Palestine.  The gift shop is currently closed due to Covid-19, with existing stock to be sold and never replenished, making this piece ‘limited edition’.

The Walled Off Hotel is a boutique hotel located in Bethlehem and designed by Banksy alongside other creatives and notable academic Dr David Grindon. Established in March 2017, and initially set out to only be a temporary exhibition, the hotel has since attracted nearly 140,000 visitors. The hotel is considered to be a key piece of social commentary on the conditions of those affected by the Israeli-Palestine Conflict and the historical impacts of territorial colonialism within Mandatory Palestine more broadly. The hotel is generally considered to be a follow-up to Banksy's 2015 Dismaland project, held for five days in Weston-Super-Mare in the South-West of England, making a commentary on life in coastal towns in 21st-century Britain. The reaction to the hotel as a work of art and social intervention has been mixed, especially given its location and subject matter. Critics have argued that such a building profits off tragedy, and is a case of war tourism. Nonetheless, evidence has suggested that the hotel has brought more tourism to areas of the West Bank, in turn raising awareness of the realities of those affected by the conflict.

Whether plastering cities with his trademark parachuting rat, painting imagined openings in the West Bank barrier in Israel, or stenciling “We’re bored of fish” above a penguins’ zoo enclosure, Banksy creates street art with an irreverent wit and an international reputation that precedes his anonymous identity. Banksy has gained his notoriety through a range of urban interventions, from modifying street signs and printing his own currency to illegally hanging his own works in institutions such as the Louvre and the Museum of Modern Art. Most often using spray paint and stencils, Banksy has crafted a signature, immediately identifiable graphic style—and a recurring cast of cops, soldiers, children, and celebrities—through which he critically examines contemporary issues of consumerism, political authority, terrorism, and the status of art and its display.