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21 October - 17 November
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State of Disappearance

An female Latin artist seated on the floor painting on a canvas

What’s on offer?

The exhibition will feature abstract paintings responding to the theme of the violence of enforced human disappearance.


What’s it about?

State of Disappearance presents a powerful series of new work by Mexican abstract painter Chantal Meza responding to the violence of human disappearance.

In Chantal’s home country of Mexico, Human Rights Watch estimates over 100,000 people since 2006 have ‘disappeared’ violently and against their will. Working with Professor Brad Evans (Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Bath), the State of Disappearance project was conceived with the aim of bringing artists, academics, policymakers and advocacy groups together to explore the wider problem of disappearance.

This exhibition of work by Chantal responds to those conversations and will take visitors on an evocative journey and highlight the ongoing problem of denial, while seeking to draw attention to the disappearance of whose plight shouldn’t be forgotten.

This exhibition is free and drop-in, there is no need to book.

The exhibition will feature a series of public talks on a broad set of issues relating to disappearance today and from history, including enforced disappearance, slavery, the Holocaust; as well disappearance brought about as a result of natural disasters. 

Visit State of Disappearance events page for more details 

State of Disappearance is organised by the Centre for the Study of Violence at the University of Bath, in collaboration with the UK-based charity Locate International.

Who’s leading the event?

Professor Brad Evans

Open to

Adults only

Scheduling information

Open Daily: 28 Oct - 8 Nov
Mon - Sat. 10am – 8pm
Sunday 10am – 3pm