TO MAIN ART GALLERY
AM NOT THE ENEMY"
Mark Vallen 2001
Pencil on paper. 19" x 12" inches
the weeks immediately following the horrendous terror
attacks of September 11, 2001, thousands of hate crimes
against those who 'look Arab' were reported all across
order to help counter such intolerance, I created
a portrait of an Islamic woman, combining my drawing
with the words "I am not the Enemy."
reproduced my artwork as a series of street posters
and flyers that were widely circulated in Los Angeles