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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Banksy reminds the world that Steve Jobs was a son of a Syrian migrant

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Banksy reminds the world that Steve Jobs was a son of a Syrian migrant

World-known street artist Banksy revealed a new mural on December 11th, in the sprawling refugee camp in Calais, France. The painting illustrates Steve Jobs, the famous founder of Apple, as a Syrian refugee.

Banksy created a series of new works at "the Jungle" migrant camp in Calais, France in order to remind nations to be more accepting of refugees.

In the mural, Jobs is pictured with a black bin bag thrown over one shoulder and an original Macintosh computer in his hand.

In a rare statement accompanying the work, Banksy said: “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 (£4.6bn) a year in taxes – and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from Homs.”

Jobs was adopted. His biological father, Abdul Fattah Jandali, moved to the US in the 1950s, following his upbringing in Homs and time at the University of Beirut in Lebanon. He met Jobs’ mother in the US, who later put Jobs up for adoption. Jandali is a non-practicing Muslim who ultimately fled Lebanon “because of protests and demonstrations that eventually toppled the president of Lebanon.”

There are among the 60 million people fleeing war or persecution from Syria to Sudan plenty of people destined for the singular greatness that Jobs achieved. But there are also millions more who aren’t — millions of people who, like the rest of us, will not manage to become the next Jobs, or the next Albert Einstein, or any of the other famous refugees whose names have been tossed about as proof that refugees are worthy of our help. (source) Millions of ordinary human beings are tormented. They may not change the world, but they’re no less deserving for it.

Banksy reminds the world that Steve Jobs was a son of a Syrian migrant

In pictures posted on the artist's website, the work can be seen near tents and adjacent to another piece of graffiti which reads: "Nobody deserves to live this way!"

The camp in Calais is home to about 7,000 migrants and refugees, the majority from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea.

While at the camp, Banksy painted several other pieces, including one based on Theodore Gericault's famous painting Raft of the Medusa, but depicting refugees waving towards a luxury yacht.

French authorities plan to install shield glass or transparent plastic panels to protect the life-size graffiti of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs which appeared on one of the concrete open-air pillars of the bridge inside the migrant camp – as well as two of Banksy's other murals in the port city.

Banksy recently donated wood and other structural elements from his "bemusement park" installation Dismaland to the Calais camp to help build shelters.

The installation, in Weston-Super-Mare, closed in September.

Based on: QZ

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