Jonathan Ferrara is a modern art gallery owner driven by an old-fashioned idea: He wants the pieces he has gathered at his gallery in New Orleans to hold a mirror up to society and reflect an issue that has become a touchy one for Americans.
He wants Americans to see our relationship with guns for what it is.
His traveling art installation of modern sculptures, photographs, paintings, video and mixed media uses more than 180 decommissioned guns, mostly bought through the New Orleans Police Department’s buyback program, as raw material. The art is also captured in a new book, “Guns in the Hands of Artists.”
Like the mission Picasso had in creating “Guernica” — to raise critical awareness about the suffering and horror of the Spanish civil war after the Nazis wiped out an entire city — Ferrara wants this art to start a difficult conversation.

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