Banksy Uses Steve Jobs To Address Refugee Crisis In Syria
Banksy is at it again and this time he is drawing attention to the Syrian refugee crisis.
The British street artist has painted an image of the late Steve Jobs, Apple founder and the child of a Syrian refugee, on a wall in France’s infamous Calais refugee camp. Jobs can be seen standing with an original Mac computer in one hand and a sack over his shoulder. The piece, titled “The Jungle,” is “intended to address negative attitudes towards the thousands of people living there,” shared The Guardian.
Banksy, while normally quiet about his artwork, left a rare statement explaining the piece.
“We’re often led to believe migration is a drain on the country’s resources but Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant. Apple is the world’s most profitable company, it pays over $7bn (Â£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”
The graffiti is part of a series of artwork Banksy has created in response to the refugee crisis. While the artist was in Calais, Banksy covered many walls in the French port with artwork, including Theodore Gericault’s “Raft of Medusa.”
Banksy has been very passionate about supporting the refugee crisis in Syria. After his summer exhibit, “Dismanland Bemusement Park” closed, he sent the leftover infrastructure to help build emergency housing for the migrants now living in Calais.