The Presence of Absence by Inbal Abergil

“GOETZ” from The Presence of Absence, ©Inbal Abergil, 2014 – 2024



The Presence of Absence masterfully navigates the depths of human experience post-conflict, using evocative photography and film to challenge societal perceptions and ignite a transformative dialogue on grief, memory, and empathy.

May 10 – June 22, 2024



Art exhibit viewing times: Tues. – Fri. (11 am – 5 pm); Sat. (noon – 4 pm)

MAY 10 & MAY 11

Opening Reception
Friday, May 10 between 6:00 – 9:00 PM at CPAC. This event is free and open to the public. Artist Inbal Abergil will be in attendance.

Grief and Healing: A Moderated Discussion
Join us on Saturday, May 11, at 1:00 PM for a moderated discussion with artist Inbal Abergil, Gold Star Mother Scoti Domeij, and Anne Walker, PhD. The discussion will be led by Samantha Johnston, CPAC Executive Director & Curator. The event aims to dive deep into the profound themes of grief and the journey towards healing, particularly through the lens of Abergil’s artwork and the personal experiences of Domeij and Walker. Through a combination of moderated conversation and audience Q&A, attendees will have the opportunity to gain deeper insights into the various ways grief manifests and evolves, as well as the vital role that healing plays in this intricate process. This gathering promises to offer both a reflective exploration of the human experience and a space for communal understanding and support.


The Presence of Absence is a long-term body of work that include two photographic projects and a film. In the exhibition at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, viewers can see select photographs from N.O.K: Next of Kin and a segment of the Four Mothers film. This work focuses on grief, trauma, healing and human cost of conflict. As a veteran, a mother, an immigrant, and a daughter of North African parents, Inbal Abergil explores how the portrayal of grieving women from different cultures powerfully motivates changes in the way we remember. 

N.O.K: Next of Kin documents the effects of war on Gold Star families. Abergil traveled through the U.S. to meet with Gold Star families whose relatives were killed in action in World War II, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. She documented their methods of coping with death by preserving their loved ones’ personal effects.  

In the film Four Mothers (an ongoing project), four Gold Star mothers discuss how to continue living after war. On view is the story of Scoti Domeij. Through photographs, testimonies, and video, Inbal Abergil offers a space for peace, healing, and a way to share the story of a community of survivors who keep the memories alive as they strive to rebuild their lives in the aftermath of loss. 



Inbal Abergil is a documentary photographer and an educator. Her research focuses on the aftermath of war and the human cost of conflict, using still and moving images along with testimony to examine loss, grief, and healing. She was chosen as an alternate for the Smithsonian Artist Fellowship (2020). She is the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Grant (2018), a finalist for the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship (2019), and the 2018 Documentary Essay Prize in Photography, CDS at Duke University. Abergil received her M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Columbia University, and in addition to her studio practice, Abergil is an Associate Professor of Photography at Pace University in New York City. Her work has been exhibited internationally in museum and gallery exhibitions including Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York, Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery, NYC, Tova Osman Gallery, Tel-Aviv, and Kibbutz Art Gallery, Tel-Aviv. Abergil’s work is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among many other prominent institutions. Her photographs have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Lens Culture, Musée Magazine, Photograph Magazine, PDN, BuzzFeed, and Hyperallergic. Her first monograph, N.O.K-Next of Kin, came out with Daylight Publishing in 2017.