Blue Sky Days solo exhibition 15 July to 6 September, 2015
Arts Santa Monica
La Rambla 7, 08002 Barcelona
Tel. +34 93 5671110
Open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11:00 to 21:00. Open on Sundays and blank holidays, from 11:00 to 21:00.
In October 2012, a drone strike in northeast Pakistan killed a 67-year-old woman picking okra outside her house. At a briefing held in 2013 in Washington, DC, the woman’s 13-year-old grandson, Zubair Rehman, spoke to a group of five lawmakers. “I no longer love blue skies,” said Rehman, who was injured by shrapnel in the attack. “In fact, I now prefer grey skies. The drones do not fly when the skies are grey.”
With my camera attached to a small drone, I traveled across America to photograph the very sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for foreign air strikes—weddings, funerals and groups of people praying or exercising. I also flew my camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, and the US-Mexico border. The images captured from the drone’s perspective engage with the changing nature of surveillance, personal privacy and war.
Blue Sky Days solo exhibition 17 July to 27 September, 2015
Cortona On the Move Festival
Via Giuseppe Maffei 24-26
According to strike reports compiled by investigative journalists, several thousand people has been killed by covert U.S. drone strikes since 2004. Although we live in the most media-connected age in history, the public has scant visual record of the drone war and its casualties. In response, I decided to attach my camera to a small drone and travel across America to photograph the very sorts of gatherings mentioned in strike reports from Pakistan and Yemen — weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. I also flew my camera over settings in which drones are used over America to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields, and the U.S.-Mexico border. I aim to draw attention to the changing nature of personal privacy, surveillance, and contemporary warfare.
Sponsored by Leica Camera Italia.
(There will also be a Leica Akademie Workshop 18-19 July in Cortona with Tomas van Houtryve.)
Drents Museum exhibition 3 April to 30 August, 2015
9401 HS Assen
MoCP Chicago exhibition 23 July to 4 October, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, has been called the Hermit Kingdom, as it is one of the most reclusive states in the world. North Korea’s citizens are not allowed to travel abroad, there is no Internet connection to the outside world, and the flow of information is almost completely controlled by the government.
This exhibition is divided into two main sections: one showing the government’s official version of North Korea, while the other offers the alternative view of the country. Government propaganda images and images made by tourists on state-controlled tours will offer an official view. These will be juxtaposed with an uncensored stream of images coming out of the country, including photographs produced by foreign photographers inside North Korea Tomas van Houtryve and David Guttenfelder. North Korean Perspectives is organized by Europe-based independent curator Marc Prüst.
Select show venues include:
• Amsterdam, 18 April to 5 July, 2015
• Berlin, 1 to 11 September, 2015
• Edinburgh, 22 July to 22 August, 2015
• Helsinki, 21 August to 12 September, 2015
• Istanbul, 12 August to 2 September, 2015
• Madrid, 11 September to 11 October, 2015
• Mexico City, 28 August to 27 September, 2015
• Paris, 4 to 27 September, 2015
• St. Petersburg, 26 September to 28 October, 2015
• Tokyo, 27 June to 9 August, 2015
Since 2002, the US has used unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) to collect intelligence and carry out airstrikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The aircraft are guided via satellite by distant operators. The attacks have resulted in a large number of fatalities, including hundreds of civilians.
The photographer bought a small drone, fitted it with a camera, and flew it in the US over the sorts of gatherings that have become habitual targets for airstrikes abroad—weddings, funerals, groups of people praying or exercising. He also used it to photograph settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as oil fields, prisons, and the US-Mexico border.