Elizabeth Nolan Brown
April 7, 2014
A sobering and commendable art installation in Pakistan puts a face on the victims of U.S. drone attacks. The giant portrait, installed in Pakistan’s heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region, features a child who lost both her parents and two siblings in a predator drone attack.
“Now, when viewed by a drone camera, what an operator sees on his screen is not an anonymous dot on the landscape, but an innocent child victim’s face,” the #NotABugSplat website states.
The installation, created by a group of artists in collaboration with Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights, gets its name from what is apparently/incredibly military slang for drone kills. It aims “to challenge this insensitivity as well as raise awareness of civilian casualties.”