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Portraits Seen From The Sky Give A Human Face To Drone Casualties [Pics]

Portraits Seen From The Sky Give A Human Face To Drone Casualties [Pics]

The Not A Bug Splat project places large scale images of people, including children on potential aerial targets.

Leah Gonzalez

“Bug Splat” is a term used by drone operators to refer to successful “kills” because of how they look when viewed through their video screens.

The Not A Bug Splat project protests against violent drone strikes and operators and aims to raise awareness of civilian casualties by placing large-scale posters of children and adults affected by drone strikes on the exact location of the strike.

The project was initiated by a collective of artists from around the world and inspired by the Inside Out Project by the French artist JR, who is also part of the collaboration.


The group of artists installed a giant poster of a child in the Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region of Pakistan, where drone strikes often occur. The artists traveled into the province and were even assisted by some locals in unrolling the poster.

By placing that poster, drone operators will see an image of an innocent child instead of an anonymous spot on their screens. The installation is also meant to be large enough to be seen from satellites to turn it into a permanent mark on land and digital maps.

The artists worked with Reprieve/Foundation for Fundamental Rights to launch the project.


Not A Bug Splat
[h/t] The Atlantic

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