Jasmine: memorial to drone strike victims

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Abstract

This project involved the creation of a temporary, rooftop installation for Studio 7 Gallery in Karachi, Pakistan for the exhibition "May We Not Go Up There?" curated by Iftikhar Chohan and Mehreen Hashmi. The installation was a temporary, participatory memorial to the civilian victims of drone strikes in North Waziristan.

The memorial was created by arranging 360 Jasmine plants in ceramic pots to form the shape of a full-sized Predator drone. Jasmine is the national flower of Pakistan. At the end of the exhibition, the plants were gifted to gallery visitors – thus allowing the memorial to scatter throughout the cities' many homes and gardens.

This is the first of what the artists hopes will be a series of memorials to be staged in the various countries currently and historically bombed by UAV/weaponized drones. Each memorial will involve the national flower of the country in question. The intention is, where possible, to create permanent flower bed memorials of this type in the various countries in question.

Iraq = Roses
Yemen = Arabica Coffee Blossom
Syria = Jasmine
Afghanistan = Tulip
Somalia = The King Protea
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Feb 2018

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