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Artists put giant picture on a field in Pakistan to draw the attention of drone pilots

This Giant Art Piece in Pakistan Won’t Be Making Drone Pilots Feel Empathy. (Image via notabugsplat.com)


To challenge this insensitivity as well as raise awareness of civilian casualties, an artist collective installed a massive portrait facing up in the heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur.

“Earlier today, many publications, including VICE News, started reporting on a large art display in northern Pakistan. Photos depict an open field or a rural farm on which a giant portrait of a young girl has been unravelled. It’s part of a project called #NotABugSplat.

Saks Afridi, the online PR rep for the project, says “for now, we’re an artist collective from Pakistan, USA and France”. He won’t divulge precisely who else is involved for the time being. The French component, however, is reported to have been JR, who you may know from his sweet, humanity-affirming art, or his downright saccharine TED Talk.

As The Verge observed, #NotABugSplat is meant to show people coming together to say, “We exist.” In short, it’s like Banksy meets Kony 2012: straight-up, uncut internet heroin.

The idea is that when you’re looking down from a Predator drone’s point of view, seeing a child’s face would be a startling change from the usual Google Earth view I think we all assume they’re looking at. The pilot seated at the remote terminal would, I suppose, then be so stirred with empathy that he or she would be forced to stand up and quit the drone programme once and for all. If that’s overly optimistic, maybe the pilot is just meant to be too distracted to properly target the toddler he or she was planning to shoot, or at least compelled to try extra, extra hard not to shoot toddlers this time.” Read more at Vice News

Source: VICE News

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