A new exhibit is opening this week at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in downtown Grand Rapids.

It's called UNLOADED and it's taking a raw look the impact guns have had on culture and public health.

The exhibit features the work of more than 20 artists from around the world. The works include photography, digital media, sculpture and canvas.

UNLOADED comes at a time when the issues surrounding guns have gained international attention and have sparked global conversation.

"The function of art is to be a mirror to society," said Heather Duffy with UICA. "This is something that we have been thinking about, and using as a tool for talking about what's going on in our society."

UNLOADED officially opens on Thursday, March 31 and runs through May 10.