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.

The artist protested against the inclusion of a former I.D.F. soldier's artwork in the exhibition. Photo: Shadi Alzaqzouq via Facebook

The artist protested against the inclusion of a former I.D.F. soldier’s artwork in the exhibition.
Photo: Shadi Alzaqzouq via Facebook

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.

The artist has two paintings in the exhibition. The artworks were not taken down. Photo Shadi Alzaqzouq via Facebook

The artist has two paintings in the exhibition. The artworks were not taken down.
Photo Shadi Alzaqzouq via Facebook

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.

Alzaqzouq was removed from the gallery for his actions. Photo Shadi-Alzaqzouq via Facebook

Alzaqzouq was removed from the gallery for his actions.
Photo Shadi Alzaqzouq via Facebook

Photo: Shadi Alzaqzouq via Facebook

Shadi Alzaqzouq, After Washing #3
Photo: Shadi Alzaqzouq via Facebook


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