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Ashokkumar Mistry

Posts by Ashokkumar Mistry

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. Celebrity is one of many aspects of the arts sector that Ashokkumar Mistry thinks should not be resuscitated. Yes, some may call me notorious ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...