The anonymous British street artist Banksy is opening up his latest project in the West Bank which is part hotel and part museum.
On top of it all, the hotel will serve as one large political statement, in typical Banksy fashion.
The hotel will offer “floor-to-ceiling views of graffiti-strewn concrete from almost every room,” the hotel’s website states.
Each room comes kitted out with its own unique theme, including paintings done in Banksy’s signature style.
The motive? To urge guests to think about the present reality of what’s happening in Palestine.
The Presidential Suite
Includes “a plunge bath able to accommodate up to four revelers, original artwork, library, home cinema, roof garden, tiki bar and a water feature made from a bullet-riddled water tank.”
Decorated like Israeli military barracks, the hotel’s budget room offer a bedspace for Dhs110 per night, and includes a locker, personal safe, shared bathroom and ear plugs.
The ‘colonial outpost’ style Piano Bar
“Britain got its hands on Palestine in 1917 and the piano bar is themed as a colonial outpost from those heady days…
“Banksy artworks that include vandalised oil paintings and statues choking on tear gas fumes” can be seen on display.
The museum centres around the history of the wall that separates Israel and Palestine.
“It contains state-of-the-art audio visual presentations and a very old tree.
“Other highlights include an animated history of the region, military pornography and an original beach sculpture from Gaza.”
The art gallery
The art gallery operates with “complete autonomy” from the hotel.
“Many of the most notable Palestinian artists from the past 20 years are here — including Sliman Mansour with his iconic ‘And the Convoy Keeps Going’.”
There will also be a space for temporary pop-ups for upcoming artists.
When does it open?
The project will open to the public on March 11, and will be up for at least a year and “maybe longer if people come.”
The hotel’s opening will coincide with the hundred-year anniversary since the “British took control of Palestine and helped kick-start a century of confusion and conflict.”