Banksy unveils NY mural protesting jailing of artist

Banksy unveils NY mural protesting jailing of artist

The mural consist of black marks, representing prison bars and serve as a marker for the number of days that Dogan has spent imprisoned.

After she was sentenced, Doğan wrote in a tweet, now deleted, that she "was given two years and 10 months only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings".

Banksy's mural has been timed to coincide with the anniversary of Dogan's first year in custody, according to a release from the artist's representative.

The 70-foot long mural protests the incarceration of a Turkish-Kurdish artist named Zehra Dogan.

Zehra Doğan, an ethnic Kurd, was arrested on July 21, 2016 after producing the painting, which depicts the damage inflicted upon Nusaybin, a city close to the Syrian border and populated largely by Kurds. The new Banksy was a collaborative effort with Borf, a graffiti artist who has spent time in jail for his artwork.

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Provocative artist Banksy has revealed a 20m high artwork in NY to draw attention to the imprisonment of Zehra Dogan, a Kurdish painter from Turkey.

"One year ago Zehra Dogan was jailed for painting this watercolour of a photograph she saw in the newspaper".

A copy of Doğan's painting was projected on the wall above the mural on Thursday evening, along with the caption, "Sentenced to 2 years nine months and 22 days in jail for painting this picture".

Earlier this week, Banksy also stenciled a rat on the clock of a disused bank building on 14th Street in NY. However, [the Turkish government] caused this.

During her trial in February 2017, Doğan argued that in producing a painting of a real-life event based upon a photo taken and disseminated by the Turkish military, she was carrying out her work as a journalist. "I just painted it", Dogan is quoted as saying on her personal website. "I've painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence".

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