Dismaland is described by its mysterious street-artist creator, Banksy, as “a festival of art, amusements, and entry-level anarchism.”
Apathetic attendants wear safety vests and mouse-ear hats while telling guests to “end joy” the attractions.
Here’s some text from the event’s official brochure:
Are you looking for an alternative to the soulless sugar-coated banality of the average family day out? Or just somewhere cheaper. Then this is the place for you—a chaotic new world where you can escape from mindless escapism. Instead of a burger stall, we have a museum. In place of a gift shop we have a library, well, we have a gift shop as well.
Bring the whole family to come and enjoy the latest addition to our chronic leisure surplus—a bemusement park. A theme park whose big theme is: theme parks should have bigger themes…
This event contains adult themes, distressing imagery, extended use of strobe lighting, smoke effects and swearing. The following items are strictly prohibited: knives, spraycans, illegal drugs, and lawyers from the Walt Disney corporation.
A young rebel fighter has become
the Banksy of Syria. Abu Malik al-Shami
has been posting politically-aware
street art overnight among the war-torn
ruins near Damascus since 2014, and
his work has since gained an
international following. Source
The student is writing: ‘We used to joke and say, God please destroy the school … and he did.’
The Arabic reads: “How are we celebrating Eid this year?”
This picture shows the evolution of the Syrian conflict, from peaceful protests (2011), to regime forces (2012), to rebel gains (2013), and to the rise of Islamic State (2014).
“Our roses are for those who watered them with their blood”
“Happy Mother’s Day”
The Xs represent Russian and Syrian warplanes, and the Os represent tyres which children in Aleppo have been burning in order to create smoke screens.