Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and former chairman and CEO of CNN and the editor of Time magazine
This important work of art and essays will help you think about guns in a more profound way.
Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
In his new book, Ferrara brings a hauntingly beautiful new perspective to the national conversation about gun violence in America and how we understand it. This smart collection of brilliant artists and voices reimagines the devastating violence that cuts through the fabric of society, while paying homage to the hope that drives those of us in this movement every day. Guns in the Hands of Artists is required reading for anyone looking to shift the American gun violence discussion from one rooted in debate, to one striving for solutions.
Dan Cameron, former senior curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, founder of Prospect New Orleans, and curator for the thirteenth Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador, 2016
Art is ultimately about a process of transformation, and Guns in the Hands of Artists makes that case through the passion and conviction of its artists. Beginning with the pile-up of homicides on the mean streets of New Orleans, this book and the exhibition it documents end up making a potent argument for handing artists the opportunity to turn the instruments of our pain and bewilderment into objects of awareness and hope. These are not prescriptions for future laws, but rather blueprints for wielding the power of the artistic imagination to fully confront our waking nightmares.
Maria Cuomo Cole, award-winning filmmaker who works on gun violence, homelessness, and sexual violence issues, and longtime chair of HELP USA
Transcends politics reminding us of the devastating human cost of gun violence and inspiring us to take take action.
Lolis Elie, award-winning writer, journalist, and documentary filmmaker
Solving the problem of gun violence will take not just political will, but real creativity. Putting Guns in the Hands of Artists in the hands of politicians would be a great start.
Lucia McBath (mother of Jordan Davis), national spokesperson for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and faith community outreach organizer at Everytown for Gun Safety
Guns in The Hands of Artists is by far one of the most critical works of today. As a gun violence prevention lobbyist and activist these works of art and the corresponding essays paint the truest narrative of America's grievous love affair with guns.
Reader Writer
Admire the approach
TIME
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Publishers Weekly
Ferrara speaks with PW about the exhibition and book, gun violence in America, and owning a weapon to turn into art.
The Times-Picayune
A fresh book on a too-familiar topic.