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SITElab 7: Faces Santa Fe

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© Courtesy of the Artist and SITE Santa Fe
SITElab 7: Faces Santa Fe

1606 Paseo de Peralta
87501 Santa Fe
NM
US
January 22nd, 2016 - February 13th, 2016
Opening: January 22nd, 2016 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
https://sitesantafe.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Downtown/Plaza
EMAIL:  
info@sitesantafe.org
PHONE:  
505-989-1199
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon-Tue 10-5

DESCRIPTION

Ben Haggard launched the FACES Santa Fe project in 2010 as a way to explore how the relatively solitary act of painting could support community interaction.

The concept was simple: create a social networking process that was real rather than virtual. He began with friends and family members, inviting them into his studio to have their portraits painted. They, in turn, would then invite their friends, who would invite others, and so on. Haggard has carried out FACES projects in three different cities—Santa Fe, New Mexico; San Francisco, California; and Berlin, Germany. He had originally speculated that the cultural differences among these places might show up as subtle differences in the paintings. Although local differences in light affected the color palettes, the underlying humanity of the experience remained the same across all three projects.

FACES has exhibited in Berlin, San Francisco and Santa Fe and each time the result was magically convivial, as community members met and interacted around a shared, highly improbable experience.

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