Drone Studies

Bringing together various elements, including 32 works-on-paper and a sound sculpture, KH-21 evokes a heightened awareness of mechanisms of surveillance and the civilian’s role in an ever-growing vertical occupation. Titled in code, KH-21 makes reference to the recently declassified HEXAGON Program whereby 20 photographic reconnaissance satellites were launched between 1971-1986. The installation builds upon a previous work, Architectural Studies 1-17 (2011) in which cut-out details of spy planes accompany floor plans of historic mosques. Collected data gains new relevance as Waheed’s images become the catalyst for reclaiming marginalized histories. Moving through the installation, a story emerges about an estranged ex-flight engineer who has dragged something in, something lost from the sky. Unable to decipher fact from fiction, viewers find themselves in a space where the real merges with the imagined. KH-21 continues the artist’s preoccupation with undisclosed documents presented in a distinct minimalist formal aesthetic. Compositions are often sparse and centred on coded arrangements of image and text. Driven by a tendency to catalogue, categorize and re-organize selected fragments into multiple works within a series, Waheed’s re-appropriation of found material – specifically photographs – enables her to expose details that would have that otherwise been lost.

KH-21 also features a sound-sculpture: an intermedia object that transmits the reverberation of its own flight path. Suggestive of space debris, this large spherical presence relays its own story. Individual viewers access the piece via a custom mono-pod headphone. A collaborative effort with musician Laurel Sprengelmeyer, the sound component is suggestive of the intimacy often created by the artist vis-à-vis her work and the viewer. It is as if we are looking back, yet the inquiries that surface are presently as important as ever: surveillance and civilian data collection, high altitude occupation and activity, and our current global reality of decades of space debris now descending upon us. While grounded in historical fact, the installation excavates collective memory to project into an imagined future.

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KH-21 Notes 1/32, 2014
Cut Photograph, Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 2/32, 2014
Mylar, Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 3/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 4/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 5/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 6/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 7/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer, Tape & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 8/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 9/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 10/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Ink on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 11/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 12/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 13/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 14/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 15/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 16/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 17/32, 2014
Cut Photograph, Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 18/32, 2014
Cut Photograph & Ink on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 19/32, 2014
Cut paper, Ink & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 20/32, 2014
Carbon paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 21/32, 2014
Cut Photograph & Aluminum on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 22/32, 2014
Cut Photograph & Ink on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 23/32, 2014
Cut Photograph & Ink on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 24/32, 2014
Cut Photograph, Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 25/32, 2014
Ink & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 26/32, 2014
Cut Photograph & Graphite on Paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 27/32, 2014
Carbon Paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 28/32, 2014
Cut Photograph & Tape on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 29/32, 2014
Cut Photograph, Mylar & Thread on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 30/32, 2014
Cut Photograph & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 31/32, 2014
Xylene Transfer & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Notes 32/32, 2014
Cut Mylar, Carbon Paper, Aluminum & Graphite on paper
21.6 x 30 cm
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Installation Detail
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Installation Detail
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Installation Detail
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop
KH-21, 2014
KH-21, 2014
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Detail: Surface of Sphere
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Installation Detail
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop
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9_MTLBNL_LowRes
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Installation Detail
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Installation Detail
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Installation Detail
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Installation Detail
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Installation Detail: Notes 1-32
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop
KH-21, 2014
KH-21, 2014
KH-21 Sound Sculpture, 2014
Installation Detail: Notes 1-32
Steel, Brass, Leather & Wood
162.5 cm sphere diameter/ 25 foot cord/ 10 Minute Loop