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"Hidden wounds" Sadaullah Wazir - © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU

"Hidden wounds" Sadaullah Wazir - © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU

Sadaullah Wazir was breaking a Ramadan fast with his family when drone missiles struck his grandfather’s home in North Waziristan, Pakistan.

"Hidden wounds" Muhammed Fahem © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU

"Hidden wounds" Muhammed Fahem © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU

Muhammed Fahem, an 18-year-old public school student. Muhammed’s house was struck twice by a drone 23/1/2009. His 23-year-old cousin and his two uncles died in the attack. Muhammed lost his left eye, and was injured in his stomach and lungs. He spent 70 days in the hospital. His family is still paying back loans from their neighbors in order to cover the hospital bills.

"Hidden wounds" Faiz Mohammad - © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU

"Hidden wounds" Faiz Mohammad - © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU

Faiz Mohammad, a 23-year-old student from Doga, North Waziristan. In 9/2008, Faiz was hit by a drone strike and lost consciousness. When he opened his eyes he was in the Sargodha hospital with injuries on his back and his left leg. His leg became atrophic, deteriorating an existing deformity of his body. He is now 90% disabled. Any time he hears the noise of a drone he gets paralyzed by fear. He quit his studies due to financial difficulties. His interest in life is severely weakened.

"Hidden wounds" Ijaz Ahmed - © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU

"Hidden wounds" Ijaz Ahmed - © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU

Ijaz Ahmed, a 20-year-old college student. On 23/1/2009, his uncle, a shopkeeper with two sons and three daughters, was killed in a drone attack. He often prays to god to punish the perpetrators of this unjust war against his own innocent people. Quote: "When the practice of war becomes unmanned, then the enemy itself becomes inhuman."

"Hidden wounds" Salman Khan - © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU

"Hidden wounds" Salman Khan - © Massimo Berruti / Agence VU

Salman Khan, a 20-year-old student from Hisoori village, North Waziristan Agency. On 20/3/2011, he lost his father in a drone attack. He is very distressed and angry with his government, which does nothing to stop the attacks and does not compensate its victims. Salman says that even people not directly involved in the attacks suffer injuries, such as partial loss of eyesight, and skin and reproductive diseases. Salman suffered from skin diseases for one year.


La serie
Hidden Wounds di Massimo Berruti è in mostra a Dubai come parte di Surveillance.02, alla galleria East Wing. Nato come progetto interdisciplinare, Surveillance.02 presenta le opere di fotografi e artisti che usano immagini prodotte da fotocamere, droni, satelliti e altri sistemi di visione remota, per documentare, rappresentare e indagare come il governo degli Stati Uniti e società private utilizzino questi strumenti per scopi militari e di sorveglianza.

La mostra presenta lavori differenti nel concept e nella realizzazione, ad opera di molteplici artisti: Adam Broomberg e Oliver Chanarin, Edmund Clark, Massimo Berruti, Jenny Odell, Yann Mingard, Tomas van Houtryve, Stéphane Degoutin e Gwenola Wagon.

Hidden Wounds, uno dei progetti esposti, è costituito dai ritratti di persone colpite da attacchi effettuati con i droni dall’esercito americano, nelle aree tribali del Waziristan, Pakistan. Alcuni hanno perso dei membri della famiglia, e molti sono rimasti feriti o mutilati. I traumi riportati - fisici e psicologici - sono pesantissimi, ed hanno stravolto la vita delle persone coinvolte negli attacchi. Le persone, spesso illuminate nell’oscurità, mostrano i segni degli attacchi subiti, con sentimenti a volte contrastanti, tra rabbia e rassegnazione.

Un lavoro importante, su uno degli aspetti più citati ma meno “visti” delle operazioni militari degli ultimi anni.

Massimo Berruti è un fotografo italiano con base a Roma. Dal 2008 è membro di Agence VU'.
Surveillance è una serie di esposizioni basata sui sistemi di sorveglianza e di visione remota, e sulle loro conseguenze sulla società, l'individuo e la politica.
Hidden Wounds sarà esposto all’interno di Surveillance.02 fino al 7 maggio 2015, alla East Wing Gallery di Dubai.

Gabriele Magazzù

 

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