The U.S. government may not want to talk about its drone program, but it’s clear a lot of other Americans do. The deadly, unmanned aircraft are front-and-center of Heather Layton‘s latest show, “Home Drone,” which runs through March 16. The artist, citizen-diplomat, and senior lecturer at the University of Rochester, built a full-sized drone replica in the middle of a gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst — and then she bedazzled it.
According to the show’s press release:
In addition to increasing social awareness about this controversy, Layton hopes the exhibit will help promote a cultural understanding between the U.S. and Pakistan, and help cultivate peaceful relationships between individuals, regardless of religion, gender, socioeconomic status, age, nationality and culture.
Layton and her collaborator, Brian Bailey, explain the project in the video below.
— Shane Ferro