I seek research partners to examine the elusive British "guerrilla" graffiti artist Banksy’s street art in New York City and his wall art as well as the new Walled Off installation-hotel in Bethlehem, Palestine. Banksy’s work in/ on Palestine toward the end of the last decade has put Palestine and the Palestinian struggle for freedom at the center of the international solidarity movement and the international art scene, to the extent that a burgeoning tourist industry has mushroomed in Palestine especially, the Bethlehem area, around his wall art. In his work, Banksy connected the Palestinian struggle to other global spaces through his intricate system of motifs, ciphers, and self-citations. Moreover, quite a few of his New York motifs reappear in his work in Bethlehem.
The aim of this project is to investigate and analyze the extent to which Banksy’s work in New York and Bethlehem is a function of the totality of his artwork as an overarching semiotic system, in which signs circulate within an intricate system of intertextual and intratextual references. Moreover, the project seeks to explore the extent to which Banksy uses his system of ciphers and signifiers to link the Palestinian struggle overtly to the struggles of other disposable communities in the global neoliberal capitalist system especially, in New York city.
This project seeks to examine the intersection of neoliberal economic reforms and the rise of nationalist political efficacy. Using a reconceptualization of Polanyi's double movement, this project examines the decline of economic protectionism in the neoliberal era and the commensurate resurgence of exclusive nationalist political rhetoric and policies in advanced capitalist democracies. I argue that in the absence of economic protectionist legitimation strategies, exclusionary nationalism becomes an efficacious substitute for actually meeting protectionist demands of national populations.