No Human Being Is Illegal

The Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) in Los Angeles has included my 1988 poster, No Human Being Is Illegal - Ningun ser Humano es Ilegal, in their traveling poster exhibit, No Human Being is Illegal! - Posters of the Myths and Realities of the Immigrant Experience.

Artwork by Mark Vallen

[ No Human Being is Illegal - Vallen 1988 ©. This artwork was originally created as a pencil drawing. The image was then reproduced as a bilingual street poster bearing the title of the work in English and Spanish (the version on display in the CSPG exhibit.) Thousands of these posters were posted on the street and distributed for free over the years. Eventually, a limited edition suite of signed and numbered etchings were created. A few of these are still available for purchase - you can view them here. ]


Currently on display at Self-Help Graphics & Art in East Los Angeles through February 17th, 2007, the exhibit premiered in 1988 as one of the first exhibitions produced by the center. The show was a graphic response to the escalating deportations of Central Americans, and has since been updated a number of times. From the show’s press release:

Much has happened since the exhibit was last put on display in Washington, D.C. on September 8, 2001 - notably September 11th, the Iraq War, and the Patriot Act. While these events profoundly affect all of us, immigrants are the most vulnerable to the resulting rise in repression, racism and discrimination. Fortunately, many are fighting back, and as always, posters are central to educational and organizing efforts. The current version of No Human Being Is Illegal! includes posters made for the 2006 immigrant rights demonstrations - the largest demonstrations in the history of the United States. These posters are not just “Made in America.” Immigration is a volatile topic around the world, and although the majority shown here are made in the U.S., this exhibition includes posters from Argentina, Australia, Cuba, France, Germany, Greece, and Mexico.”

The exhibit is funded in part by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles. The Executive Director of CSPG, Carol A. Wells, will give a guided tour of the show held on February 17th, 2007, at 11 a.m. To RSVP, please call CSPG at 323 653-4662. The exhibit will be on display until February 18th, 2007. Self-Help Graphics & Art (map) is located at 3802 Cesar Chavez Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90063. Hours for the gallery are: Tuesday - Friday 10 - 5p.m., Saturday 10 - 3 p.m.

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