Mary and Joseph hit the wall in Banksy's controversial Christmas cards

Published December 12th, 2012 - 06:07 GMT
A merry little Christmas: separating the holy family from Bethlehem in a Christmas card (art work by www.banksy.co.uk/)
A merry little Christmas: separating the holy family from Bethlehem in a Christmas card (art work by www.banksy.co.uk/)

In a Christmas card designed by Banksy, an England-based graffiti artist and political activist, the holy family (Joseph and Mary) head towards Bethlehem only to find Israel's Separation Barrier, aka "the Apartheid Wall" on their way.

With Christmas approaching and the political overtones of Banksy's work, the card spread like wildfire.

One Twitter user notes, however that this piece is not new and it's re-surfacing is related to the current intensified political unrest in the Middle East.

Banksy has left his artistic mark throughout the world. His art in the form of graffiti is often political and sheds light on social issues, including injustice and corruption. Millions are awed by his poignant satirical expressions, which often bring him into conflict with the authorities.

His film Exit Through the Gift Shop was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010

 

Are the Christmas cards uneccesarily political? Or does the point need to be made? Tell us what you think below. 


© Copyright Al-Ahram Publishing House

You may also like