EVENT23.11.2023 / 6.00pm7.00pm

Ashokkumar D Mistry and Ikon Youth Programme

In conversation 

Join artist Ashokkumar D Mistry and Ikon Youth Programme for a discussion examining Don’t Stare (23 November – 3 December 2023) a collaborative showcase of photography and moving image. Together they explore themes of masking, societal pressures and expressing identity as a young person.

Originally commissioned by Onyx Collective at Disability Arts Online, Don’t Stare (2022) incorporates generative and symmetrical portraits of the artist taken by others; in this instance IYP. Using collage, IYP has collaborated with Mistry on his process of making photographic images. The resulting work touches on how our perception of ourselves does not match that of others. 

Treading a fine line between the hyper-visible and overlooked, the photo series is accompanied by Mistry’s film Don’t Freak (2022), which similarly conjures a type of seeing that is oppressive and unreciprocated. In the context of disability discourse — where the uninvited look, or stare, becomes a form of violence — the work affronts the gaze.  

This project is co-created with Ikon Youth Programme on Slow Boat, supported by Freelands Foundation.

About the artist 

Ashokkumar D Mistry is a proudly Leicester-based, Neurodivergent multidisciplinary artist, writer, researcher, activist and curator working in the UK and internationally. Subverting technologies and ideologies, he challenges conventional ways of making and viewing art. Mistry’s research scrutinises differences in expanding our understanding of the human condition. A co-founder of the Disability in British Art Research Group, part of the British Art Network, Mistry has written extensively for Disability Arts Online. @ashokdmistry

About Ikon Youth Programme

With the support of Freelands Foundation, over three years (2021-24) Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) navigates the waterways on board Slow Boat, a converted narrow boat. IYP are collaborating with creative thinkers and makers to reimagine Slow Boat as a local art school.


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Free entry, booking essential

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Events Room, First Floor

Please note the film Don’t Freak contains adult language.

This event is being photographed. Please speak to the photographer if you prefer not to be included.

A British Sign Language interpreter can be provided. Please contact us at least 10 working days in advance of the event to request a BSL interpreter.

This is a seated event

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1 Oozells Square, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HS

Image Credits
1. Ashokkumar D Mistry. Image courtesy of the artist. 2. Collaborative artwork produced by Ashokkumar D Mistry and IYP (2023). Image courtesy of Ashokkumar D Mistry 3. Collaborative artwork produced by Ashokkumar D Mistry and IYP (2023). Image courtesy of Ashokkumar D Mistry


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Don't Stare
Ikon presents a showcase of collaborative moving image and photography by British artist Ashokkumar D Mistry and Ikon Youth Programme (IYP).
Slow Boat26.01.2024
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Reflections on Don't Stare
By Sonia Boué
Reflections on IYP and Ashokkumar D Mistry showcase by Sonia Boué.

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