Photo credit: 9/11 Memorial staff
Accession Number: C.2019.20.28
Dimensions: 18 in X 12 in
Dimensions (Metric): 45.72 cm X 30.48 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Joel Winston, instructor
Marker drawing by an adolescent depicting the figure of a woman with her head partially covered and the figure of a man reaching out and touching her shoulder. The man is wearing a turban. "To: the Taliban, give us Bin Laden, or we will send your women to college" is written at the bottom. The drawing is very colorful with the image rendered in dark multicolored marker.
Art teacher Joel Winston gave his art students at the Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design in the Bronx an assignment in the initial weeks after 9/11: visualize their impressions of the attacks without consulting the images and footage that were proliferating in the media coverage. Since many of the high school students had witnessed the attacks first-hand from their classroom windows, Winston wanted them to process that experience through their individualized memories and sensory perceptions. The resulting works were unique and visceral as some students depicted what they saw while others focused on the perpetrators and the broader impacts of terrorism and war.