Photo credits: Christopher Horne

Naming the Dead

Mixed media installation with sound - 2018


More than 400 drone strikes have hit the tribal regions of north west Pakistan since 2004.

Naming the Dead is a collaborative effort to create connection between US citizens and Pakistani civilians killed in drone strikes conducted by CIA. Utilizing the data collected by Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Ms. Chishty has been asking Americans of the same age and gender to read the name of a Pakistani deceased civilian from a list in order to relate and to start a dialogue. Current list contains 354 names including two females and several children, commonly described as ‘collateral damage’ by the military. 

 Documentation of the installation at The Ruse Escape Rooms in Grand Rapids, MI