Status! Status! Status! December 16-18, 2011

Exhibition & Workshop for International Artists

Sanaz Mazinani

RQ-170 Sentinel drone

I made this work as a direct response to the United States’ secret surveillance effort of Iran that was revealed by the crash of a drone on Dec 4th, 2011. The stealth C.I.A. drone, was a bat winged RQ- 170 Sentinel that was reportedly spotted over northern Iran and was brought down via cyber attack to a safe landing 155 miles from the Afghanistan border. "RQ-170 Sentinel" is an embossment made on paper. A form of etching without ink, the technique produces raised portions on the surface of paper. I chose this technique for its presence. For me, the relief, white-on-white image, alludes to the undercover aspects of a spy operation and U.S. military tactics. I am always thinking about U.S. foreign policy and how the standards its sets effect the lives of individual citizens. This work is a quiet nod to my acknowledgement of the U.S. espionage hostilities against Iran.


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Sanaz Mazinani