Not A Bug Splat

Undisclosed Location, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Region , Pakistan

1 Portraits - April 2014

Statement

Since 2004, drone strikes in Pakistan have killed an estimated 3,000+ people. While some of these were high-profile targets, a large number were civilians. Including 160 children. The people who operate the drones describe their casualties as “bug splats”, since viewing the body through a grainy-green video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed.

In order to show the drone operators the actual face of the children they might end up bombing - rather than a dehumanized dot on a screen - we would like to print extremely large scale portraits of the children living in the area where the drones are operated. These portraits will be laid upon the ground facing up, so that a drone camera will capture them, transmitting them to the drone operator’s screen.


Into The Wild

These photos show the posters pasted in the streets