Banksy Emerges in New York and Calls Attention to Imprisoned Turkish Artist Zehra Doğan
Banksy ( previously ) has suddenly emerged this week creating at least two new artworks on the streets of New York, the anonymous artist’s first pieces in the city since his New York ‘residency’ five years ago. In this large work spanning the length of an outdoor wall at the corner of Houston Street and Bowery in Manhattan , tally marks form prison bars and mark the days of imprisonment for a Turkish artist, Zehra Doğan , who is currently serving nearly three years in prison.
Doğan, who has also worked as a reporter for the now-closed Dicle news agency, created a painting that documents the operations carried out by Turkish security forces against the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The artist’s painting shows buildings reduced to rubble, plumes of smoke, and gathered military trucks. The aspect that the Mardin 2nd High Criminal Court deemed as cause for imprisonment is the Turkish flags that Doğan included, draped over the facades of some of the standing buildings.
As a result of her artistic rendering of the destruction in Mardin province, the artist is in the midst of serving two years, nine months, and twenty-two days in prison. The event shown in Doğan’s painting is part of a multi-year effort in Turkey’s southeastern towns and cities to clear out PKK militants. In Instagram posts about his depiction of Doğan’s sentencing, Banksy is encouraging people to repost her work and tag Turkey’s president , who is active on Instagram.
Zehra Doğan’s painting
The photograph that Doğan’s painting is based on