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Unmute Gaza Hangs Banner at Reina Sofia Museum Calling for Gaza Ceasefire

Photo Credit: Bruno Thevenin from Anadolu Agency

A few days ago, on January 24, a painting of a wounded Palestinian child crying hung on the outside wall of Madrid’s Reina Sofia art museum. Created by American street artist Shepard Fairey (b. 1970), based on the work of Gaza photojournalist Belal Khaled, it featured a mute sign over the child’s face with the words “Can you hear us?”. A banner reading “Ceasefire Now” was also unfurled alongside the painting.

With the death toll in Gaza now exceeding 25,000, the global call for a ceasefire has grown louder. ‘Unmute Gaza’ is a campaign to bring attention to the plight of Palestinians by placing photographs taken inside Gaza on the streets and in key institutions in Europe and the United States.

The action at Reina Sofia was co-organized by Unmute Gaza and the environmental organization Greenpeace. The organizations said they placed the banners at the museum because it is the home of Picasso’s ‘Guernica.’ ‘Guernica’ is a seminal anti-war work of the 20th century, painted after the Nazi invasion of Spain.

Although not pre-arranged with the museum, the activists from Greenpeace and Unmute Gaza were not stopped by police, firefighters, and ambulances as they climbed the museum’s exterior walls. Onlookers cheered at the call for an immediate ceasefire.

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