|Rug of Drones, Installation by Abdullan M.I. Syed|
Malala Yousafzai agrees and last month used her audience with President Obama to tell him that "drone attacks are fueling terrorism." and suggests that support for education for young Pakistanis might do a lot more to stop anti-American violence. The brave young anti-taliban activist elaborates in an interview here. Despite the Malala's pleas, Washington still doesn't seem to be listening. Incredibly, only 5 members of congress showed up to hear the stirring first hand testimony of this Pakistani family.
Artists are also protesting. AlJazeera recently profiled a new generation of Pakistani artists who are creatively expressing the effects of violence and drone attacks on the fabric of their culture. And Mother Jones interviewed another Pakistani artist, Mahwish Chishty, who re-imagined drones as folk art.
An exhibit this past summer at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC (a stone's throw from the White House) by James Brindle attempted to expose an American audience to the feeling of being overshadowed by drones, or at least to make the normally unseen seen. Brindle sees himself as an activist and said "“I’m concerned about the state of the world. There’s no illusions that words and politics and speeches about clean wars and minimizing collateral damages is anything but hot air,” See his interview with the BBC here. Brindle also maintains the "Dronestagram" Instagram feed of google earth images of drone-bombed sites.
|James Brindle's installation, "Drone Shadow" Istanbul 2012|