TO MAIN ART GALLERY
are all Targets"
Mark Vallen 1999
Pencil on paper - 17" x 23" inches
created this drawing, titled, We are all Targets,
in the midst of the U.S. air war against Yugoslavia
in 1999. During the 78 day NATO bombing of Yugoslavia,
the people of that country, wearing target symbols
- would gather on the bridges spanning the Danube
river in open defiance of the NATO bombers.
people attempted to preserve their bridges (some of
which were older than the United States itself), by
using their own bodies as shields. Although NATO ultimately
destroyed all of the bridges that spanned the
Danube in Yugoslavia, the bravery of ordinary people
who put their lives on the line to save their cities
inspired people around the world. The target symbol
became an international antiwar icon for people across
artwork was made into a poster for the Peace Center
of Los Angeles (a community based activist organization),
in order to promote the center's antiwar activities."