Monday, August 6, 2012

Dayton Drones Protest Features AFSC Art

Members of Dayton Against War Now (DAWN) demonstrating on Saturday, August 4, adapted images from a recent gallery exhibition to dramatize the nightmare of drone warfare.

The exhibition -- Windows and Mirrors: Reflections on the War in Afghanistan, a project of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), was held April 2 through June 29 at Quaker Heritage Center on the Campus of Wilmington College in Wilmington, OH, and then from July 6 through July 29 at Missing Peace Art Space in Dayton. The exhibition is a traveling mural exhibit that "makes a powerful statement on a nearly invisible reality." The exhibit consists of more than 45 large scale paintings by artists from all over the country that memorialize Afghan civilian casualties. The exhibit also includes images collected from Afghan high school students by Dr. Zahir Wahab, a professor at Lewis and Clark College, who asked young Afghans to draw images from their daily reality.

The picture at left shows a member of DAWN with a placard bearing the words "When Drones fly the Innocent Die" and using the image by Chicago artist Lillian Moats entitled Foreshadowing. As Moats explains in the exhibition catalog, "In Afghanistan and Pakistan, unmanned drones have become the weapons of choice of the U.S. military and C.I.A. Operators, who sit at computer screens thousands of miles from their targets. An appalling number of civilian men, women and children have become unintended casualties of such "targeted killings" in this one-sided robotic warfare. The painting grew out of the artist's efforts to imagine what the presence of unmanned drones must be like for people on the ground."

DAWN holds monthly demonstrations against the war and the use of drones.

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