Dismaland: Palestinian artist thrown out after protesting against Israeli works

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

The Little Mermaid sculpture at Banksy's 'Dismaland'
The Little Mermaid sculpture at Banksy's 'Dismaland'

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.”

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.

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