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Palas por Pistolas

Direct Action

SITE Santa Fe presents “Direct Action,” a new solo exhibition by Pedro Reyes.

This exhibition explores art-as-activism through a selection of sculptures, prints, performance, and a newly commissioned video work.

Pedro Reyes’ s’ large-scale, immersive sculptural projects address current social and political issues.

“Sculpture is about changing the shape of a material, and in social sculpture, the materials are the ideas and relationships of a community. The show is called “Direct Action” because it is a participatory process, and the subject of disarmament across the exhibition inevitably leads to the history of nuclear warfare and uranium mining, which has been a constant struggle in the history of New Mexico,” the artist states.

“Palas por Pistolas (2008)” is central to the exhibition. The series was born from the artist’s work in Culiacán, Mexico. There he transformed guns into shovels. The tools were then used to plant more than 5,000 trees.

Reyes has stated of this project, “This ritual has a purpose of showing how an agent of death can become an agent of life.”

“Direct Action” will be on view at SITE Santa Fe from Feb. 3 through May 8, 2023. In addition to its daytime hours, SITE Santa Fe is open until 7 p.m. on Friday evenings for the rest of us.


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