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Bansky's latest NYC mural protests artist's imprisonment

Bansky's latest NYC mural protests artist's imprisonment

The anonymous British artist's 70-foot-long mural was unveiled on Thursday, and it protests the imprisonment of the Turkish artist and journalist Zehra Dogan, who was sentenced last March for painting the destruction of a Turkish town, with the country's flag flying over rubble.

Banksy's work joins the chorus of global voices calling on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to stop imprisoning Turkish writers, journalists and intellectuals, which has been ongoing since the failed 2016 coup.

"I really feel for her", Banksy told The New York Times in a statement.

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. (A similar array of hash marks also recently appeared in another protest art piece - "Parkland 17", which counts the number of Americans killed by guns daily.) A rendering of Ms. Dogan herself peers out of one of the cells, with her left hand gripping a bar that doubles as a pencil. In the bottom right corner is the slogan "Free Zehra Dogan".

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




'Sentenced to almost three years in jail for painting a single picture, ' he added.

Banksy's mural has been timed to coincide with the anniversary of Dogan's first year in custody, and alongside the artwork is a call for her release.

Her watercolor was projected above the mural on Thursday evening. However, they [Turkish government] caused this.

"I was given [a prison sentence of] two years and 10 months only because I painted Turkish flags on destroyed buildings". Erdogan justified the military intervention through fears that PKK-linked Kurdish fighters in the area could incite anti-government sentiment and destabilize Turkey. The clock is located on a building in southern Manhattan that is scheduled to be demolished.

It is not clear if there is any hidden political message in the art. The artist's art can be found around the world and frequently pops up spontaneously.