After posting a single shot on Instagram earlier this week, Banksy finally revealed the location of the first piece in his new series—Gaza.
Inspired by a sculpture of Niobe, a Greek mythological figure, the first piece is entitled “Bomb Damage.” In Greek mythology, Niobe’s children were killed out of spite and then in Niobe’s mourning, she turned into a stone that was constantly weeping.
On top of that, the elusive British street artist took the opportunity to reveal four new pieces, which can also be found around Gaza.
Two quotes were enclosed with the images of the new stenciled pieces:
“Gaza is often described as ‘the world’s largest open air prison’ because no-one is allowed to enter or leave. But that seems a bit unfair to prisons – they don’t have their electricity and drinking water cut off randomly almost everyday.”–Banksy
“A local man came up and said ‘Please – what does this mean?’ I explained 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.” — Banksy
Just like in New York City back in 2013, one of the new pieces is text based and says: “If We Wash Our Hands Of The Conflict Between The Powerful And The Powerless We Side With The Powerful – We Don’t Remain Neutral”.
Finally, Banksy made a two-minute video called “Make this the year YOU discover a new destination” that documents his recent trip to Gaza. In the video, the artist makes several claims against Israel, seemingly blaming the Israeli government for the conflict and whitewashing this past summer’s Operation Protective Edge as entirely the Jewish state’s fault.
Israel launched the operation after weeks of rocket fire out of the Strip.