Mahwish Chishty, initially trained as a miniature painter from the National College of Arts, Lahore, Pakistan, has aggressively combined new media and conceptual work with her traditional practice. Chishty has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in various newspapers and publications.
My visit to Pakistan in 2011 inspired my recent body of work. Starting from a silhouette of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (aka 'drone'), I paint folk ‘truck art’ imagery on these war machines to give them a second skin, in effect juxtaposing terror with a cultural representation of beauty. By presenting the colorful iconography and texts within the silhouette of a drone, I hope to open up a conversation about the omnipresence of 'truckart' and the not-so-visible presence of drones in that region. By allowing the audience to walk through the projection, I want them to become part of this installation while encountering a very different experience than drone victims do.