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Naming the Dead

Mahwish Chishty's avatar Mahwish Chishty

More than 400 drone strikes have hit the tribal regions of north west Pakistan since 2004. Mahwish Chishty has been investigating the complexity of this modern warfare through paintings, sculptures, animations and installations. Naming the Dead is a collaborative effort to create connection between US citizens and Pakistani civilians killed in drone strikes conducted by CIA. Utilizing the data collected by Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Ms. Chishty has been asking Americans of the same age and gender to read the name of a Pakistani deceased civilian from a list in order to relate and to start a dialogue. Current list contains 354 names including two females and several children, commonly described as ‘collateral damage’ by the military. The installation of each sound dome signifies average height of a specific age group. Chishty’s art practice is informed by her identity as a Pakistani-born American citizen.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 27.5"
  • Medium: Mirrored acrylic, MP3 players and speakers
  • Width: 27.5"
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 12"