Smiling Death Machines


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”.


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 or share your comments below.

Image source:– Story by curryocity contributor Vyshnavi N Doss

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