Banksy & Global Issues

You can check out, but you can never leave. . .

In 2019, I checked into the hotel boasting “the worst view in the world” – Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine – and it did not disappoint. While I had occasionally touched on Banksy’s work as a discussion starter in my lessons, the visit and conversations with local artists and activists at the “Wall Mart” in situ inspired me to spend a whole week exploring the power of his works as a medium of socio-political expression with my students. In the DP classroom, we juxtaposed this non-literary exploration with the literary work of Amos Oz, using the IB Global Issues as a lens for analysis and a creative extension which students loved.

This Banksy lesson is ready for you to use as is or adapt – please do credit all sources & the work done here. All photos below were taken in 2019. Enjoy!

Beats making war!

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