Acrylic on linen, 1800 x 1800 x 70mm
Image by Kelcy Taratoa. All rights reserved
‘Disappearing’ was exhibited in BIG.CITY 2017 at Nadene Milne Gallery; and 2016 in ‘The Panoptic Tower’ — Pataka Museum + Art, Porirua City Centre, Porirua, Aotearoa New Zealand, and in ‘We Like Catching Fish’ at Ngā Tohu o Uenuku Māngere Arts Centre, Māngere, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.
‘Disappearing’ is part of a series of paintings asking questions about ‘The War on Terror’ and the development of, and use of highly advanced technologies by the West, such as high-tech surveillance capabilities. Ironically these technologies create a new level of terror due to the sophistication, imperceptibly and efficiency these technologies demonstrate in eliminating human threats to Western interests. Specifically drone technologies have a kill-chain programme that enables drone pilots to Find, Fix, Track, Target, Engage and Assess (F2T2EA) — ultimately enabling ‘targeted and signature killings’, completely removing judicial process. And this is all done at distance, and at a height undetectable to the human eye. This strike capability has established a new form of terror. However, such activities are conducted in countries far from how everyday life is experienced by Western civilians, creating an unsettling disconnect.