Thursday, 23 December 2010

Photos Bethelehem - the wall

The graffiti on the wall in Bethlehem is different from in Jerusalem. It's got a different feel to it. More touristy perhaps? Maybe more commercial. This stretch of wall has been canvas for various famous and underground artists to showcase their work and give their own perspective on the situation. It is most definitely one of Bethlehem's tourist attractions.

Just as relevant and thought provoking but more organized and polished I suppose.

Here are a few examples of larger, more well known art projects on the wall:

Santa's Ghetto


The Wall Lounge & Restaurant

The bits that caught my eye:

This is the latest addition to the wall and was painted by children from around Bethelehem and the Aida refugee camp as part of a project by UK photo journalist William Parry. Images of this and the children drawing it were projected onto landmark buildings in London throughout the Christmas period. Images also included the daily difficulties that Palestinians experience.

I have no idea what super penguin represents, but it was sufficiently random to merit a photo

One day I will put a piece of this wall on the shelf in my living room

USAID has many projects in the West Bank and there's hundreds of signs around in this format extolling its virtues.

Banksy - this one isn't on the wall itself but close by.

Some of you may be familiar with Handala, the little boy who features in Palestinian political cartoonist Naji Al Ali's work; the symbolism of this picture renders me speechless.


  1. These are incredible. Didn't think I would be seeing Paris Hilton there though! The last photo is definitely my favorite. Nice collection, thanks for sharing!

  2. They are amazing. Paris Hilton & Super Penguin definitely took me by surprise. And you would never see those on the Jerusalem section which is much more straight to the point politics and political metaphor. There was a lot more surrealism here and, to some extent, less serious stuff done by people who just wanted to make their mark on something as contested and well known as the wall.