03.03.17 by Staff

Banksy’s Latest Work: “Walled Off Hotel” in Bethlehem

Photos via Channel 4

Banksy’s latest art installation is a fully functional hotel where you can actually book a stay! Located in Bethlehem beside the cement barrier that separates Israel and Palestine, the Walled Off Hotel features things like the “worst view in the world” and barracks-style accommodations with complimentary earplugs and shared bathroom.

Of course, there’s also the option to stay in a guest room customized by the artist himself as well as other rooms outfitted by artists Sami Musa and Dominique Petrin (with more to follow). While a collection of notable contemporary Palenstinian artists will have their work on display in an additional gallery curated by historian and critic Ismal Duddera, the project is not aligned with any political movement. People from all sides of the conflict will be warmly welcomed and no fanaticism will be tolerated.

The hotel starts taking reservations March 11th and opens officially on March 20th. Click here for more information and check out more images below!

 

Photo via Banksy

 

Photo via Channel 4

 

Photo via Channel 4

 

Photo via Banksy

 

Photo via Banksy

 

Photo via Banksy

 

Photo via Banksy

 

Photo via Banksy

 

Photo via Banksy

 

Photo via Banksy

 

Photo via StreetArtNews

 

Photo via StreetArtNews

 

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  • Wade Hannah Aaron

    The project is not aligned with any political movement, but if Banksy makes art, it will be political no matter what he says. If it’s public, it’s political.

    • Kimi

      Oh for sure, I don’t think he’s trying to say it isn’t political. Just that they aren’t affiliated with any one particular pressure group. The website states: “The aim is to tell the story of the wall from every side and give visitors the opportunity to discover it for themselves.”

      • Manofsteel11

        True, yet that might give the wrong simplistic gimmicky impression, i.e. that the wall is the face of evil, while in fact, the horrible conflict has many nuanced dimensions: from nationalism and religion, through cultural and economic differences, to small subgroups in both societies who hold the majority hostage. Discovery and education should be about exploring bridge building, and removing the obstacles in the way of doing so. One misses the point if one neglects a deeper discussion about Palestinian surveys showing disappointment in view of the corrupt Palestinian leadership (both with PLO and Hamas), and Israeli disgust given Netanyahu’s recent investigations, the messianic ultra-right-wing Ministers in the present Israeli government, the Palestinian militias that promote stabbing and bombing and rocket shooting, the millionaires and corporations who exploit this state of affairs, the incitement in schools and on the streets glorifying martyrs instead of teaching coexistence, the settlement expansion, and the refugees who are deliberately kept in their camps for decades instead of being rehabilitated, the pragmatists from both sides who were working on peacemaking and state-building and were pushed aside, and more. It is hard to capture all this, but making it about the wall is rather populist…

      • Kimi

        I imagine the intent is to engage precisely those kind of nuanced dimensions/discussions. But I totally take your point–the potential for oversimplification or gimmicky-ness is definitely a risk with a project like this.

  • Manofsteel11

    This beautiful city has lost its Christian population to Islamists who were shooting on Jewish Neighborhoods in West Jerusalem (across a small valley) years ago. Then the Jews erected a wall along the sidewalks in their neighborhood. But Hamas sent its people to blow up civilian buses, to stop the PLO-Israel peace process. Then came the wall. Nowadays, nationalists and religious fanatics from both nations sabotage any attempt to relaunch peace efforts, and the region is so unstable that it is very hard to imagine/get the peoples’ support for risk taking and sensitive complex and painful mutual concession. It is a horrible reality, but the art is really nice.

    • Kimi

      Yeah, it definitely feels like the aim here is education. And maybe encouraging greater sensitivity through experience (actually going and staying).

  • A.B.I.G.

    Would be worth stay.





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