STATE OF DISAPPEARANCE
The State of Disapperance project is a collaborative response that brings together the arts, humanities, social sciences and wider advocacy groups to bring new attention to the multiple ways disapperance occurs. Instigating public debate, it asks what forced absence and total human denial means for societies and how we might better understand such violence in the 21st Century?
Art Against Oblivion
Our project began in 2017 with an artistic demand. It was inspired by the artwork of Chantal Meza, who like so many in Latin America confronted the reality of disapperance. This raised many critical questions for us, which in turn further inspired an entire collection of artworks dedicated to the project.
These artworks have sought to bear witness to disappearance by attending to its apparitions, the obscure beasts that are brought into ones nightmares, the beginnings of such absence, the fragmented catastrophes they induce, the collapse of consciousness it provokes, along with creation of non-spaces of devastating habitation, we have elected to call the void.
The Full Online Exhibition:
The State of Disappearance project has resulted in the production of numerous publications, including a book to be published in the fall of 2023 with McGill Queens University Press that features a full gallery of the artwork. We have also written articles and interviews, which are available here:
Oct 27th - Nov 8th 2023
The State of Disappearance Art exhibition will be held at CentreSpace Art Gallery in Bristol from October 27th to November 8th, 2023. Showcasing for the first time together, 75 dedicated works will be on show that deal with the brutality of disappearance, and how it leaves its mark upon those who must live with the consequences.
Complimenting the exhibition, two weeks of events are planned which will include a series of public lectures from internationally recognised speakers and leading authorities on different related issues from feminicide, ecology to slavery, dedicated panels exploring issues concerning the memory of genocide, student workshops and a remembrance service for the disappeared.
Lectures, Talks and Webinars
In this section you will find a digital library of filmed resources related to the State of Disappearance project. The archive includes keynote lectures, invited talks, public interviews, plenary discussions and recorded webinars. The section also contains a photo gallery and press cuttings.
Chantal Meza is a renowned Mexican abstract artist and writer. She is currently based in the United Kingdom.
Brad Evans is the founder & director of the Histories of Violence project. He is Professor of Political Violence & Aesthetics at the University of Bath
“Disappearance is marked by a devastating absence. It constitutes a form of violence that rips open a wound in time. It offers no viable recovery and no meaningful justice. It provisions alibis to perpetrators, while denying the victims their very humanity. And for those who are left to live with its presence, the terror is unending".
Chantal Meza & Brad Evans