Disappearance

The concept of disappearance prompts timely questions pertaining to adaptability and the evolution of the public sphere, willful removal from the public eye, and the social reality of loss. This research problematic asks: At what point and at what cost should certain things disappear from public space? What potential freedoms would these removals afford? What is at stake and what is gained from artists’ active withdrawal or discontinued participation in the public sphere? What are the implications of the withdrawal of artworks, artists, and documentation from public circulation? How do absence, disappearance, and loss affect the meaning of artworks and how do artworks register these social realities and individual experiences?