New Banksy NYC mural supports jailed Turkish artist


Banksy unveils New York mural in support of jailed Turkish artist

The mural by the anonymous British street artist is 70-feet-long and roughly two stories high and located in lower Manhattan at the corner of Houston Street and Bowery. It was based on a photograph of the Kurdish town of Nusaybin, which was partly destroyed in 2015 during fighting between the Turkish army and Kurdish militants; Ms. Dogan wrote in a now-deleted Tweet that she was imprisoned for painting "Turkish flags on destroyed buildings". Bansky told the New York Times of the piece in a statement of his motivation for the work: "I really feel for her".

British street artist Banksy has unveiled his latest work - a 70ft long mural in NY dedicated to Turkish artist Zehra Dogan who has been jailed for two years for painting a picture.

Shortly after she was initially detained in July 2016, the International Federation of Journalists urged the Turkish government to release Dogan - as well as 90 other journalists presently behind bars.

Dogan was arrested after she posted the image on social media.

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She argued she made the painting as a journalist but was charged with being connected to Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has been battling the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Banksy's mural is a powerful reflection of the time she has spent behind bars, with a wall of black tally marks representing both jail bars and the duration of her imprisonment so far. He is noted as one of the latest figures to help popularize street art and as an authority on the latest trends in urban contemporary art. Dogan's face appears behind a set of hash mark-cum-prison bars, with her left hand grasping one line that is a pencil. In the bottom right corner is a call for action: "Free Zehra Dogan". However, [the Turkish government] caused this.

She copied the photo from a newspaper then painted it in watercolor, adding Turkish flags to the scene, according to her publicist.

Banksy's protest mural of her imprisonment was a collaboration with another mysterious graffiti artist, Borf, who also faced jail time for his art.

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