Ashokkumar D Mistry and Ikon Youth Programme
Ikon Youth Programme (IYP) presents an online screening of two films by artist Ashokkumar D Mistry, Don’t Freak and Just Don’t!
This screening, available on YouTube and Vimeo, is the outcome of a recent collaboration between IYP and the artist. Using collage and visual effects software, the group investigated masking, societal pressures and expressing identity as a young person.
Mistry’s film Don’t Freak (2022), 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.
Featuring images IYP have taken of themselves and others, the film Just Don’t! (2023) acts as a continuation of these themes. The portraits, distorted and unsettling as they merge into one another, explore how our perception of ourselves does not match that of others.
The work is accompanied by a text by Sonia Boué, an artist and writer.
About the artist
Ashokkumar D Mistry is a 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.
Ikon Youth Programme is supported by Freelands Foundation.