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"DISAPPEARANCE cuts a wound in time"
chantal MEZA

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Art Against Oblivion

The State of Disappearance project began in 2017 and was inspired by the artwork of Chantal Meza, who like so many in Latin America confronted the reality of the violence. 

These artworks have sought to bear witness to disappearance by taking observers on a journey to encounter the historical beginnings of such absence, the apparitions or ghosting the memory of the disappeared create, the obscure beasts that disrupt the categories of perpetrators/victims/witnesses, the fragmented catastrophes that become weaponised and embodied, the non-spaces of devastating habitation, we have elected to call the void, through to the collapsing of consciousness the violence induces. 

The Full Gallery of Works:

 

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Launch Exhibition
Bristol

Oct 28 - Nov 8 2023

The Inaugural State of Disappearance Art exhibition was held at CentreSpace Art Gallery in Bristol from October 27th to November 8th, 2023. Showcasing for the first time together, 75 dedicated works were presented dealing 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 were featured which included 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 memory & justice, along with student workshops and artist tours. 

PUBLICATIONS

Details and access to the publications associated with the project, including The State of Disappearance book and associated media articles and interviews: 

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VIDEOS

Full series of lectures, discussions & webinars
linked to the project

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Dance for the Disappeared

A collaboration between art, dance & music

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Humanitarian xchange

The State of Disappearance artworks were selected to be exhibited at the opening of the largest ever humanitarian gathering that took place in London 2024. They were also integral to a stream tasked with reimagining humanitarianism in the 21st Century. 

Their inclusion prompted Gareth Owen, OBE and Humanitarian Director of Save the Children to observe, "Chantals work brought a devastating yet uplifting energy to the event. It showed how art must play a crucial role in the future of humanitarianism".

 

Exhibition  2025

COMING SOON
Pembroke College, University of Oxford

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Official Partners:

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