Banksy Imagines Steve Jobs in a Syrian Refugee Camp

Banksy Imagines Steve Jobs in a Syrian Refugee Camp

Notoroius street artist Banksy is bringing awareness to the Syrian refugee crisis. The British artist spray painted an image of Steve Jobs, the child of a Syrian refugee, on a wall in France’s infamous Calais refugee camp. Banksy painted Jobs standing with an original Mac in one hand and a sack over his shoulder. The caption “the son of a migrant from Syria” accompanies a photograph of the work on Banksy’s website.

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.”

Banksy Imagines Steve Jobs in a Syrian Refugee Camp

It’s also worth remembering that Jobs rejected his birth parents as anything more than a biological relationship. He fully identified with his adoptive parents as his “real” ones, as detailed by Macworld.

Steve Jobs’ 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.

This art packs a very deep punch, Who knows maybe the new generation of Steve Jobs is within these refugees.


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