CHILDREN IN PAKISTAN  Standing in front of the installation.
  • Courtesy of notabugsplat.com
  • CHILDREN IN PAKISTAN Standing in front of the installation.

INSTALLATION AS SEEN FROM THE SKY  From the point of view of a drone operator.
  • Courtesy of notabugsplat.com
  • INSTALLATION AS SEEN FROM THE SKY From the point of view of a drone operator.

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This is the work of an artist collective and it's installed "in the heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone attacks regularly occur. 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," according to the project's website, Not a Bug Splat. That child "lost both her parents and two young siblings in a drone attack."

What's with the name #NotABugSplat? "In military slang, Predator drone operators often refer to kills as ‘bug splats’, since viewing the body through a grainy video image gives the sense of an insect being crushed." The purpose of this project is "to challenge this insensitivity as well as raise awareness of civilian casualties." More info here.

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