Banksy mural backs jailed Turkish artist Zehra Dogan

An image of Doğan’s painting of Nusaybin

British graffiti artist Banksy has created a NY mural protesting the imprisonment of a Turkish artist and journalist.

Banksy is the latest artist to take over the iconic Houston Bowery wall, made famous in the 1980's by artist Keith Haring.

The anonymous United Kingdom artist unveiled his latest work on Thursday at the corner of Houston Street and the Bowery. "Free Zehra Doğan" is scrawled in the bottom right corner.

Dogan was officially sentenced on March 24, 2017 because of her painting of the Kurdish town of Nusaybin that had been bombed by the Turkish army during battle with Kurdish militants.

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The famed graffiti artist's 20-metre (yard) work features a series of tally marks such as those prisoners use to keep track of the time they have been confined, one of which doubles as the bars of Dogan's cell.

A painting of Dogan's face is also seen behind one set of the bars.

It seems somebody has added a signature tag to his artful protest of the imprisonment of a Turkish artist and journalist.

Banksy's mural has black hash marks for every day Dogan has spent in prison, according to The New York Times, which first reported the appearance of the mural.

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The mural was a collaboration with the graffiti artist Borf, who has spent time in jail for his work. However, [the Turkish government] caused this.

Thursday night at 9:30pm there were only a few people gathered around the mural, which is not typical of Banksy projects that normally are mobbed with gawkers and fans, often called "Banksy hunters". I've painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence, ' Banksy said in a statement to the paper.

She shared her picture on social media, for which she was then arrested and sentenced to almost three years in prison.

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