Ashokkumar Mistry has recently written an article on how Disability is understood in the arts.
Read his article, 'Writing Disability Back into Art (from page 29 onwards) in the May edition of the British Artwork Newsletter.
Ashokkumar is one of five artists commissioned by DASH to produce a short film reflecting their experiences as a Disabled artist during Covid-19.
His film ‘The Desert Mountains & Dreary Glaciers are My Refuge’ tells the story of isolation, loss, and is formed by his “documentation of this year’s banal oddities including the glacial growth of the hair on my head”.
"Every Artwork I have created has started with some form of writing – usually a poem. The writing locates the intention of my work and plays like a mantra in my mind. My neurology and creative approach generates a myriad of creative outputs in a range of media that perhaps appear disconnected. My work is interdisciplinary – primarily visual and sculptural works using many media, writing as a critical tool, and performance as a convergence and an enacting of the many processes of my work." Ashokkumar Mistry
The film for Awkward Bastards at Home is based on his poem 'The Lonesome'.
There’s a story here
A story I can’t tell
Or, rather don’t want to tell
Of a hairs length Measure of time
And hairs width gap in memory
That grows and grows until
You can’t remember how you looked
Since you last battled the blade ...
To find out more about Ashokkumar Mistry and his art visit: ashokdmistry.com
Insta is @ashokdmistry