Art talks back in war.

The child in the photo lost both parents and two siblings in a drone strike

Bug Splat. That’s the term predator drone operators reportedly use for people they target.

The photograph above is part of a campaign by a group of Pakistani artists to humanize the victims of war. The image was placed in a field in a region that’s been heavily bombed by the U.S.. It is large enough to appear in satellite photos and to be clearly seen by drone operators. There have been over 380 drone strikes as of 2014, more than 3,000 people dead, over 200 of them children.

The project is a collaboration with the French artist JR’s ‘Inside Out’ movement. The effort, which Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights helped launch, was released with the hashtag #NotABugSplat  The coordinators were awarded Cannes Gold Lion for creativity in 2014.

Featured image credit: Irish Typepad


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