Banksy, Free Zehra Dogan (2018). Courtesy of the Houston Bowery Wall.
Banksy, Free Zehra Dogan (2018) / via the Houston Bowery Wall

Banksy and fellow artist Borf paid tribute to imprisoned Turkish artist Zehra Dogan earlier this year, with a 70-foot mural at the Houston Bowery in New York City.

If you’re not familiar with the story, Dogan was jailed for posting a painting on social media of the ruins of the Kurdish town of Nusaybin, which was destroyed by Turkish security forces. She was sentenced to nearly three years.

Zehra Doğan artwork
via Voice Project

This week, Banksy shared a letter from Dogan, which she calls “illegal”, because she has been given a “communications” ban.

“I am writing this illegal letter to you from a dungeon which has a history of bloody tortures…” Dogan wrote. “This letter is illegal because I have a ‘communications’ ban that forbids me from sending letters of [sic] making phone calls so I’m writing and delivering this letter in clandestine ways.”

She goes on to explain her conditions, while also thanking Banksy for the mural in NYC. “We are getting furious because of the horrible sounds of dozens of fighter jets that depart for bombing out beautiful lands… It’s very hard to describe the feeling of reading that someone you know is killed by the newspapers nearly every day.”

View the full letter from Dogan below, via Banksy’s Instagram.