Banksy Makes a Statement with ‘Free Zehra Dogan’ Message at the Bowery Mural Wall

Posted on: March 15th, 2018 at 9:39 am by

A change of the guard just happened at the Bowery Mural Wall. London-based artist Lakwena is no longer on display. Her #KindComments marketing stunt, in conjunction with Instagram, was scrubbed clean earlier this week after holding court for six months.

Banksy took over.

The high-profile canvas was scrubbed of its message – “lift you higher” – to make way for protest. The Bowery wall is now covered in tally marks with the demand, “Free Zehra Dogan.”

Dogan is a Turkish painter and journalist who was among those detained in Turkey’s wave of arrests following the failed military coup in July 2016. She was sentenced last March to two years and ten months for “creating a painting of a Turkish city heavily damaged by state security forces,” and for alleged ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), currently waging an insurgency against the Turkish government.

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