Obscure Beasts III

State of Disaperence

Chan­tal Meza­’s show aims to high­light human dis­ap­pear­ances. Free dis­cus­sions dur­ing the exhi­bi­tion by the State of Dis­ap­pear­ance project.

For two weeks during October and November 2023, an international art exhibition and a series of public talks arrived at the Centrespace Gallery in Bristol to draw attention to the problem of human disappearance. A powerful series of 75 original works by the Mexican abstract painter Chantal Meza, will be showcased, which will provide an evocative journey and testimony on the violence. Through a complimentary series of free public talks and panel discussions from renowned authorities, visitors will have the opportunity to learn and discuss a broad set of issues from enforced disappearance, the holocaust, and slavery, along with the challenges of finding the missing in natural disasters.

The exhibition is part of the State of Disappearance project, which was conceived in 2017. It is co-directed by Professor Brad Evans (Director of the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Bath) and Visual Artist Chantal Meza. This project brings together artists with academic communities, policymakers and advocacy groups in engaged public ways. Mindful of this, the State of Disappearance exhibition aims to highlight the ongoing problem of human denial, while seeking to bring attention to the disappearance of history, whose plight shouldn’t be forgotten.


The State of Disappearance Art Exhibition is supported by Arts Council England National Lottery; the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Bath; ESRC Festival of Social Sciences; the Global Insecurities Centre, University of Bristol; the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath; the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame; and Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. It is also partnered with Bristol Ideas; Locate International; Trebuchet Art Magazine; and The Philosopher.


28th Oct: 4 pm - 6 pm
Blackness, Knowledge, Stories & the Disappeared

31st Oct: 6 pm - 8 pm
Terrorism, Victims and Disappearance

1st Nov: 6 pm - 8 pm
Is there Justice for the Disappeared?

2nd Nov: 6 pm - 8 pm
Engaging with Los Desaparecidos and their loved ones in Mexico

3rd Nov: 6 pm - 8 pm
Genocidal disappearance/Disappearing genocide: Holocaust histories, geographies and memories

4th Nov: 4 pm - 6 pm
Forensic Uncertainty and Ambiguous Loss

6th Nov: 6 pm - 8 pm
Section 28 and me - A discursive Salon

8th Nov: 6 pm - 8 pm
Escape from Disappearance


For further details on all events visit Bristol Ideas:


This Exhibition is part of the State of Disappearance Project