Banksy has made a serious statement with his latest piece of art, which can be found in the Calais Jungle — a refugee camp in Calais, France.
The image depicts former Apple head honcho Steve Jobs with a sack over his shoulder and an early model Macintosh computer in one hand, clad in his trademark black turtleneck and blue jeans. A message on Banksy’s website reads, “The son of a migrant from Syria.”
Jobs’ biological father was a man named Abdul Fattah Jandali, a Syrian migrant who met Jobs’ mother while studying at the University of Wisconsin. The future creator of the iPhone was put up for adoption as a newborn.
In a statement from Banksy [via Esquire], the artist says, “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 a year in taxes -– and it only exists because they allowed in a young man from [Syria].”
The piece comes about as many citizens in the United States debate whether or not refugees from Syria should be allowed to seek a home in the U.S. in the aftermath of the November Paris attacks.