The artist smuggled a letter despite a “communication ban”. Banksy posted it on Instagram

A protest mural by Banksy and Borf. Source: Banksy

Five months ago, street artists Banksy and Borf created a mural in New York, protesting against the imprisonment of Turkish artist Zehra Doğan. The piece can be found on a wall on the corner of Houston Street and Bowery. Doğan learnt about the mural and sent Banksy a letter thanking him for support, Banksy says, – according to Artforum.

Banksy posted the two-page message on Instagram. In the letter, the artist writes about terrible conditions in prison and thanks him for his support.

“I am writing this illegal letter to you from a dungeon which has a history of bloody tortures. This letter is illegal because I have a ‘communications ban’ that forbids me from sending letters [and] making phone calls, so I’m writing and delivering this letter in clandestine ways. . . . In a moment of pessimism, your support made me and my friends [enormously happy]. Far away from me and our people, it was the best reply to the crooked regime that can’t even tolerate a painting.”

She adds the time she spends in prison is worth it because she showed the world the real life of Nusaybin, the town she depicted in her painting.

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Doğan was arrested at a cafe in July 2016 and sentenced to almost three yeas in prison for her painting depicting Turkish flags flying over a ruined Kurdish town. The artist also worked for the feminist Kurdish news agency JINHA, which Turkish authorities interpreted as a proof of her connections to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, deemed a terrorist organisation by the Turkish government.

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