Shows & Exhibitions
Palestinian Artist Thrown Out of Banksy’s Dismaland Over Anti-Israel Protest
Shadi Alzaqzouq was told his protest was "too ugly."
A Palestinian artist taking part in Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition was thrown out of the site after launching a protest against the Israeli artists whose work was also on display at the faux-amusement park.
Shadi Alzaqzouq covered his artworks with a bed sheet on which he wrote “RIP Gaza: Boycott Israel,” and lay down in front of the message “like a corpse.”
“I found out when I arrived at the show that three Israeli artists were taking part, one of whom served in the IDF (Israel Defense Forces),” the artist told the Jewish Chronicle.
“I decided I had to protest in some way so I went and got a bed sheet from my hotel room and wrote ‘R.I.P. Gaza: Boycott Israel’ on it in coal and hung it over my artwork and laid down like a corpse in front of my two paintings on display,” he explained.
Following the protest, Alzaqzouq was removed from the park by security guards. The artist was reportedly told that his protest was too “ugly.” None of his works have been taken down.
Alzaqzouq has two works on show at the park. After Washing #3 shows a woman holding up a pair of briefs with “leave” written on them in Arabic, a slogan popularized during the Arab Spring protests against dictatorships.
Meanwhile, Rock Me All Night Long depicts kids hurling colorful stones and shoes, with former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi shown as the Joker from Batman, lurking in the shadows.
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