Drone Studies

Acting as important anchoring documents for installations KH-21 (2014) and The Cyphers 1-18 (2016), the series of drawings Signed R.E. Moon 1-24 (2015) reflects on the artist’s longstanding relationship to our ongoing climate of aerial occupation. Hajra Waheed’s practice frequently highlights the lethal consequences of the ever-increasing militarization of sky and space, where circulating drones and surveillance technologies have long loomed over our everyday lives.

Grounded in both personal history and extensive research, Waheed uses found materials – in this case a rare selection of original Douglas Aircraft Company letterhead – in order to destabilize official narratives by re-imagining them. The Douglas Aircraft Company was an American aerospace manufacturer that merged with McDonnell Aircraft in 1967, becoming McDonnell Douglas – a company responsible for producing military attack aircraft, missiles, airliners and satellites during the Cold War period, which remains active today. Within Waheed’s 24 scientific illustrations signed R.E. Moon, each itemized component forms part of a whole, a larger object under construction. As with many of her works on paper, these re-constructed documents, lost and recovered, re-emerge as a testament to her continual practice of creating works that cleverly appear neither wholly factual nor wholly invented, therefore adding a tension to their apparent technical neutrality.

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Signed RE Moon 1/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 2/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 3/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 4/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 5/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 6/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 7/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 8/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 9/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 10/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 11/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 12/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 13/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 14/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 15/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 16/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 17/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 18/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 19/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 20/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 21/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 22/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 23/24, 2015
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Signed RE Moon 24/24, 2015
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