News

Banksy Protests Turkish Artist’s Imprisonment With A New Mural in NYC

Zuzanna Stańska 19 March 2018 min Read

Banksy, probably the most famous and political engaged graffiti artist in the world stroke again – this time in New York City with two new works painted on NYC’s walls.

The first, unveiled via his official Instagram account, depicts a rat, one of the artist’s signature motifs running on the interior circumference of a clock -meant to portray an exercise wheel – and is located above a former bank building on 14th Street and 6th Ave. The building is currently set to be demolished.

Banksy Protests Turkish Artist's Imprisonment Banksy's new rat at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue. Source: Instagram.com/banksy
Banksy’s new rat at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue. Source: Instagram.com/banksy

The next one can be found on the historic Houston Bowery Wall, which became legendary in 1980’s because of Keith Haring. Banksy created a  70-foot-long mural which depicts the controversial incarceration of Zehra Doğan, the Turkish artist an journalist who in 2017 was jailed for painting a watercolor of a destroyed Kurdish town. Nasyabin was completely destroyed in an attack by the Turkish Government’s armed forces. Doğan, of Kurdish origin, best known as the editor of Jinha, a feminist Kurdish news agency reporting news in the Kurdish language with a staff consisting entirely of women shared her picture on social media, for which she was then arrested and sentenced to nearly three years in prison. She argued that she made the painting as a journalist but was charged with being connected to the Kurdistan Workers’ party, which has been battling the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


“I really feel for her. I’ve painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence,” Banksy said.

The black and white mural resembles the jail and shows Doğan trapped behind bars, one of which is actually a pencil. The tallies represent the number of days she has been incarcerated and, at night, Doğan’s watercolor painting is projected above the mural itself.

Banksy Protests Turkish Artist's Imprisonment
New Banksy mural in New York City.

Banksy’s identity still remains unknown, although especially since last year many believe that he could be Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja.

Find out more:

[easyazon_image align=”none” height=”160″ identifier=”1844137872″ locale=”US” src=”https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/51lVFgBj29L.SL160.jpg” tag=”dailyartdaily-20″ width=”121″]   [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”110″ identifier=”190821130X” locale=”US” src=”https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/510ik0IUH2BL.SL110.jpg” tag=”dailyartdaily-20″ width=”85″]   [easyazon_image align=”none” height=”110″ identifier=”B004FVJQGO” locale=”US” src=”https://www.dailyartmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/61kN0OlpxtL.SL110.jpg” tag=”dailyartdaily-20″ width=”82″]

 

Recommended

News

Artemisia (Literally) Unveiled: A Unique Chance to Encounter Artemisia Gentileschi in Florence

From now until April 2023, the Casa Buonarroti Museum in Florence will host the restoration of Artemisia Gentileschi’s Allegory of Inclination.

Carlotta Mazzoli 17 November 2022

News

In Memory of Queen Elizabeth II, 1926–2022

Royal portraiture is a centuries old tradition, but it might be called the forerunner of the posed selfie – an artfully curated image which is...

Candy Bedworth 8 September 2022

Salvador Dalì with The Lost Wax. Courtesy of Harte International Galleries. News

Discovery of Salvador Dalí’s Lost Wax

On 11 May, 2022, Harte International Galleries announced the discovery of a long-lost bas-relief wax sculpture of the original Christ of St. John of...

Caroline Galambosova 6 June 2022

Lidar view of Mayan ruins of Tikal, Guatemala. News

What Is Lidar and Why It Has Revolutionized Modern Archeology

Lost civilizations and their remains now lie behind a simple scan. Read about Lidar, the technology that sweeps our faces and roads, our...

Giordana Goretti 2 February 2022