Drone Vision: Warfare, Surveillance and Protest is a two year research project exploring the affective meanings of drone technologies on photography and human rights. The project has been developed through a partnership between Hasselblad Center and Valand Academy, in Gothenburg, Sweden; Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Cyprus and Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Gallery, at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan.
The partnership between the cities Gothenburg, Nicosia and Lahore will result in simultaneous exhibitions in each gallery in 2018 of commissioned photo based arts works that explore drones as motile cameras and as a new camera consciousness that alters the material assemblages through which protest and warfare takes place.
Conceived as a mode of relational experience between the curators, commissioned artists and gallery audiences and as a shared sense of responsibility toward distant others, Drone Vision is an effort to produce a geography of thinking about drones shaped in part by the proximity and physical distance to drone warfare, the political and ethical implications of the asymmetry of seeing without being seen and the legal restrictions on civilian drone use within each city and region .
In addition to the commissioned artworks, the view from above the cities Gothenburg, Nicosia and Lahore will be screened in the galleries Hasselblad Center, Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre and Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Gallery as part of the shared inquiry on the geo-politics of vertical space. The three exhibitions will also be brought together as a stand-alone ‘pop-up’ that will be hosted as a permanent learning resource in each of the three galleries, with all arts works captioned in Swedish, English, Greek and Urdu.