Smiling Death Machines

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Mahwish Chishty’s enigmatic illustrations of drones covered in truck art walk the tense line of Pakistan-US politics. Her work has received a lot of attention recently in the context of US drone strikes in Pakistan.

The cheerful killing machines have been variously termed as “haunting”, “funny” and “discomfiting”.

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Does it make light of US-sponsored killings? Does this mash-up of death and exuberance hold a mirror to the celebration of war? Do they woefully suggest a Stockholm Syndrome, or on the contrary, motivate hatred? Perhaps they subvert the intimidating image of the US?

What did you see in Mahwish Chishty’s portrayal? Write to us at contactcurryocity@gmail.com or share your comments below.

Image source: http://www.mahachishty.com/– Story by curryocity contributor Vyshnavi N Doss

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