Public Talk: The Aesthetics of Drone Warfare with Mahwish Chishty

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Conference Room, Alfred Denny Building

University of Sheffield

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We are delighted to host a public talk by distinguished artist Mahwish Chishty, recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, on her artwork. This event is part of the British Academy-funded project, The Aesthetics of Drone Warfare.


Initially trained as a miniature painter from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, Mahwish Chishty has aggressively combined new media and conceptual work with her traditional practice. By camouflaging modern war machines with folk imagery, Chishty sheds light on the complexity of acculturation, politics, and power.

Chishty's work has been exhibited internationally in the United States, Australia, Japan, Pakistan, and the U.K. In 2016, she received international acclaim for her solo exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, London, for her 'Drone Series' which examines the use of American drones in Pakistan. Her 2018 installation, 'Naming the Dead', utilizes the data collected by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism to name civilian victims of drone strikes; it was shortlisted for the ArtPrize. Chishty is Professor of Art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


'Stunning... Chishty’s aesthetic language captures the pain and strangeness of contemporary warfare, and opens up a conversation on drones’ long-term presence in Pakistan, and their penetration of the country’s cultural fabric.' (openDemocracy)


Coffee and refreshments will be available from 11:45am.



Selected Works by Mahwish Chishty:


image2.jpegNaming the Dead (2018), mixed media installation with sound

Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 7.43.13 PM.pngHellfire (2017), 1:1 mixed media

X-47BX-47B (2012), gouache on paper

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University of Sheffield

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