Dismaland: Palestinian artist thrown out after protesting against Israeli works

Shadi Alzaqzouq, 34, lay down “like a corpse” in front of his two artworks

A Palestinian artist has been thrown out of Dismaland after covering his own paintings in bedsheets as a protest against the Israeli artists whose work was also on display.

Shadi Alzaqzouq, 34, said he lay down “like a corpse” in front of his two artworks, which were displayed in one of the park’s three galleries, after daubing bedsheets with the words “R.I.P Gaza: Boycott Israel” and hanging them over his work.

“I found out when I arrived at the show that three Israeli artists were taking part, one of whom served in the IDF [Israel Defence Forces],” the artist told the Al-Araby website.

“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.”

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Security guards eventually removed Mr Alzaqzouq, who was reportedly told that his protest on Sunday was too “ugly” for the park. However, his two paintings are still on display.