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Ashokkumar Mistry

Ashokkumar Mistry is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and curator working in the UK and internationally. By subverting technologies, he challenges conventional ways of making and viewing art. “As a person who sees and experiences the world differently, Much of my work is concerned with my interactions with the world and how I make sense of everything”. Ashokkumar didn’t identify as neurodivergent until he was in his 40s, and it was a seminal moment for his artistic practice. Since then, he has been focused on researching and writing about disability and neurodiversity. His writing encompasses direct research and personal experiences relating to neurodiversity with a view to sharing experiences and changing attitudes. He is currently Associate Artist with Disability Arts Online, a Development Artist with The Spark Arts and a Fellow of the International Association Of Art Critics (AICA-UK). Ashokkumar has been commissioned by the BBC and a number of galleries such as the Lowry and Southbank Centre to create artworks and exhibitions. As a curator, he has worked with AIS for a number of years developing innovative and thought provoking exhibitions. Ashokkumar has also developed a number of exhibitions in Taiwan for National Cheng Kung University and A-Glow space.

Posts by Ashokkumar Mistry

Digital artwork showing two blue circles touching against an orange backdrop. It has a celestial quality.

DNR_RND: Why we need bridges not bubbles

Ashokkumar Mistry continues his DNR_RND series reimagining a more sustainable and equitable post-pandemic arts sector by discussing how the concept of 'bridge organisations' could help make better use of public arts funding and also support disabled artists to break out of the usual 'bubbles' they often get stuck in. As someone ...

Artwork made up of 25 square photographs arranged ina large square. Each photograph shows a South Asian man shot through a kaleidoscope from different angles.

How many of us do you know, to tell the difference between us?

In his latest DNR_RND piece, Ashokkumar Mistry argues that in order to make diversity more than just an aspiration, the arts sector needs to move away from closed circles of people with similar backgrounds and values, engaging with “the marginalised at arm's length” towards a 'nuanced familiarity' with those deemed ...

Collage representing the arts sector as an impenetrable fortress which tkaes the form of a square mandala

DNR_RND: Risk Harassment

Is it time the art sector started to assimilate to disabled artists rather than harassing us to assimilate to their world? Attending zoom meetings and talks during the pandemic highlighted this lack of presence of people with protected characteristics or, in some cases the same few people (with protected characteristics) being ...

A group of people at an exhibition look up at a large collage-based digital artwork

DNR_RND: Artist and academic Kai Syng Tan

Ashok Mistry has been interviewing artists and prominent figures in the sector as part of DNR_RND, a project he initiated to examine how the arts sector can change to be more equitable post-Covid. Here, he speaks to artist and academic, Kai Syng Tan.  When I started developing the DNR_RND series I ...

An art exhibition full of sculptures made of geometric shapes and colourful wall hanging pieces

DNR_RND: Attenborough Arts Centre’s Rachel Graves

Ashok Mistry has been interviewing artists and prominent figures in the sector as part of DNR_RND, a project he initiated to examine how the arts sector can change to be more equitable post-Covid. Here, he speaks to Attenborough Arts Centre’s Visual Arts Officer, Rachel Graves about the human side of ...

Oil painting of a South East Asian man with beard and black hat. His skin and facial features have been rendered in flat rainbow coloured paint

What do we want – Risk or Celebrity?

As the pandemic hit, many people within the sector started to point to this moment as a chance to remake the sector with equality at its heart. A fixation with celebrity is one of many aspects of the arts sector that Ashokkumar Mistry thinks should not be resuscitated, as part ...

Photograph of a South Asian man in his 40s with a trimmed beard, short hair, wearing a suit jacket

In conversation with Abid Hussain about the pandemic and what the future holds

Disability Arts Online Associate Artist, Ashok Mistry had an informal conversation over Zoom with Director of Diversity at Arts Council England (ACE), Abid Hussain in late July. They chatted about ACE’s initial response to the pandemic, working from home and what the future holds for the arts sector, especially where ...

Digital graphic which spells out the letters DNR_RND

DNR_RND: What kind of arts phoenix should rise from the flames of COVID?

Disability Arts Online Associate Artist, Ashok Mistry introduces his new project DNR_RND (Do Not Resuciatate_Research and Development), which will consist of a series of conversations, articles and events aimed at interrogating which aspects of the arts sector should not be 'resuscitated' following the Covid-19 crisis, and what more progressive structures ...

Kaleidoscopic mirror

Ashokkumar Mistry: The Eternal Interloper

Following on from his previous proposition for a creative and inclusive approach to curation within the visual arts sector, Ashokkumar Mistry writes about his personal struggles with intersectionality and the importance of the sector understanding an artist on their own terms. I've often felt as though I don't fit in this ...

a number of people dance in a space, their image refracted through a digital process

Indivisible: an artist’s proposition for more creative and inclusive curation

Ashokkumar D Mistry writes at length about curation of visual arts exhibitions and the processes that exclude disabled artists – specifically those with invisible impairments  – from applying from opportunities to show work. To say or not to say that one has an invisible disability is a great dilemma and ...