Violence has an enormous impact on us both personally and as a society. Yet while many atrocities are marked by public spectacles which force us to deal with the horrifying aftermaths, other forms of violence go unnoticed, or their crimes end up being forgotten. The cases here are too numerous to mention, from the bodies that were abducted in the trans-Atlantic slave trade to those who deny the Holocaust today.
On other occasions, such as the case with the 43 missing students in Mexico, the victims of violence simply disappear without a trace, leaving both the causes and consequences uncertain. Sometimes the atrocities themselves are denied leaving only memories. What role can politics and art play when faced with such conditions?
Join us for this discussion panel hosted by Professor Brad Evans (Director of Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Bath) in the company of Chantal Meza (Mexican abstract artist), Dr. Richard White (artist/researcher at Bath Spa) and Dr. Peter Manning (University of Bath), as they discuss the challenges of visualising loss. They will be discussing the importance of creative responses and the need to explore the interplay between politics, social policy and art as it relates to people's real experiences of violence and atrocities.