Ashokkumar D Mistry and Ikon Youth Programme
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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