IWM Contemporary: Mahwish Chishty

19 Oct 2016 – 19 Mar 2017

Event times

IWM London is open daily 10am - 6pm. Last entry 5.45pm.

Cost of entry

Free entry

Imperial War Museum

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 1, 3, 12, 45, 53, 59, 63, 68, 100, 159, 168, 171, 172, 176,188, 344, 360, 453, C10)
  • Tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo Line) Waterloo (Bakerloo, Northern, Jubilee Line) Southwark (Jubilee Line) Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo, Northern Line)

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Shown for the first time in the UK, Mahwish Chishty’s work combines silhouettes of military drones with decorative Pakistani folk art patterns, highlighting the oppressive presence of foreign drones over Pakistan.


Inspired by a trip to Pakistan in 2011, Pakistan-born, US-based artist Mahwish Chishty became aware of the detailed information that was circulating locally about drone strikes, in contrast to the marked absence of information available in the United States. Struck by the pervasive and constant presence of these unmanned aircraft in Pakistan, this free exhibition of Chishty’s drone artworks are designs combining symbols of violence and contemporary warfare with Pakistani artistic and cultural traditions.



Alex Walton

Exhibiting artists

Mahwish Chishty

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