Jyoti Mistry discusses Structural possibilities and Narrative forms

The Enigma of Gagarin: Jyoti MistryThe Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will present a talk by Associate Professor and film director Jyoti Mistry on Wednesday, April 29 2015 titled Structural possibilities and Narrative forms.

Jyoti Mistry reflects on the structural considerations in moving between the linear experiences of film and the considerations of video practices that allow for alternative narrative structures to emerge. Using excerpts from her various projects, her talk is a reflection of how the themes of the creative projects and theoretical concerns inform her visual choices and overall practice-based research. Mistry’s recurring interest has been to focus on how practice-based research might enable alternative research approaches and, she will use some of her own work to exemplify its possibilities and potential in arts programmes at universities.

Mistry is able to move seamlessly between filmmaking and installation art practices. She has made critically acclaimed narrative, documentary and experimental films. Mistry’s installation work draws from cinematic traditions but is often re-contextualized for galleries and museums that are outside of the linear cinematic experience.

Impunity (2014) her narrative feature had its international premiere in Toronto Film Festival, and went on to be programmed for its European premiere at Stockholm Film Festival and African Film Festival in Lagos. It is scheduled to have its local South African release late in 2015.

Le Boeuf sur le Toit (2010), a feature length experimental film (premiered at Durban International Film Festival) and forms part of an installation project on cities. It was part of a retrospective on transgressive South African Cinema at the Jeu de Paume, Paris (2013). Mistry’s installation Itchy City was included in the exhibition Afropolis: City, Media, Art in Cologne, Germany, and the installation piece titled 09:21:25 was part of the exhibition Space: About a Dream at the Kunsthalle Wien in Austria, and in competition at Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (2011) and included in the International Incheon Women Artists’ Biennale, Incheon, South Korea (2011) .

In 2013, her solo exhibition “Narrative, Memory, Site” included works: XENOS, Building the Invisible City; Commuting; Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit   at the Barengasse Museum in Zurich.

Mistry has also had solo shows at the ARTS ON MAIN space Goethe on Main in Johannesburg and, had artists in residence invitations at NIROX (Johannesburg), SACATAR (Brazil) and was in the artists Whitney Independent Study Programme in New York City.

We remember differently: race, memory and imagination (UNISA PRESS, 2012) is a collection of essays inspired by her short film in which she explores the complexity of racial identity in South Africa. Gaze Regimes: film and feminisms in Africa (WUP, 2015) is a co-edited anthology of women’s experiences of filmmaking practices in Africa. She has also published widely on the topics of multiculturalism, identity politics, and on race and memory.

Dr Jyoti Mistry is an Associate Professor at the School of the Arts, University of the Witwatersrand. Having completed her doctorate at New York University, Mistry teaches writing for experimental film and documentary. She is on the editorial board of Wespennest (a Literary, Arts and Culture Journal) and her areas of research include cultural policy, questions of identity and multiculturalism. She has taught at New York University, University of Vienna and Arcadia Polytechnic in Helsinki and served on the executive committee of the National Film and Video Foundation Board from 2003-2006. She is a co-founder of Shadowy Meadows Productions.

All welcome. No booking required. Refreshments served from 17:00.

Mistry presents Xenos at Michaelis Galleries 28 April to 16 May.