IWM Contemporary: Mahwish Chishty

IWM London
Until 19 March 2017

See the first UK exhibition by Pakistan-born, US-based artist Mahwish Chishty.  Chishty’s work combines silhouettes of military drones with decorative Pakistani folk art patterns to highlight the way in which the presence of foreign drones over Pakistan has become a feature of the physical, psychological and cultural environment of the country.

Free entry

Cultural Imagery and Mechanised Horror

Reaper (2016) © Mahwish Chishty

Drone warfare

Inspired by a trip to Pakistan in 2011, Chishty became aware of the detailed information that was circulating locally about drone strikes, in contrast to the marked absence of information available in the United States. Struck by the pervasive and constant presence of these unmanned aircraft in Pakistan, Chishty’s designs combine symbols of violence and contemporary warfare with Pakistani artistic and cultural traditions.

By the Moonlight © Mahwish Chishty

Inspired by traditional folk art

The exhibition features a mixture of sculptural paintings on wood, painted drone models and works on paper. Each piece reflects Chishty’s training in traditional miniature painting and many will be painted in the style of colourful Pakistani folk art, echoing the decoration used on haulage trucks across Pakistan.

Images: 1) Reaper (2015) © Mahwish Chishty 2) Reaper (2016) © Mahwish Chishty 3) By the Moonlight (2013) © Mahwish Chishty 

IWM Contemporary: Mahwish Chishty

Watch artist Mahwish Chishty introduce her Drone Art series and get a sneak peek of the exhibition.

IWM London
Lambeth Road
Nearest tube stations:

Lambeth North (5 mins)

Waterloo (15 mins)

Elephant and Castle (15 mins)

Open 10am - 6pm every day

Last admission is at 5.30pm