Banksy Adds Another Mural In NYC To Protest Artist Zehra Dogan’s Imprisonment

By Prosyscom
In March 18, 2018
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Image via Banksy

Banksy’s return to the Big Apple has energized the city with talk about an upcoming new series by the famous anonymous street artist.

This second mural in Manhatten follows his ‘Rat Race’ artwork that was erected on the exterior of an old bank building.

The 70-foot-long graphic, which sits at the bend of Houston Street and the Bowery, pays homage to Zehra Dogan. The Turkish artist-cum-journalist was sentenced last March to two years and 10 months in prison for creating a watercolor painting depicting the demolished, chiefly Kurdish city of Nusaybin, with the flag of Turkey raised over the debris, that was referenced from a photo. Dogan maintained that she had painted the picture as a journalist, but was accused of having ties with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that’s revolting against the Turkish government.

Black lines symbolize the jail cells, with diagonal strokes cutting through the verticals to represent the duration that Dogan has spent in prison. An illustration of Dogan peers out from one cell on the wall; her left hand gripped around a bar that doubles as a pencil. At the bottom right corner of the mural lie the words, “Free Zehra Dogan.”

The New York Times reports that Dogan is unaware of the mural and has 18 months left to serve on her sentence.

This particular piece of work was created in partnership with graffiti artist Borf, who has also spent time in jail for his creations.

[via New York Times and Telegraph, main image via Banksy]

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