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DOCH Open Lectures Jyoti Mistry

Welcome to DOCH Open Lectures series of autumn 2019! Meet Jyoti Mistry, Professor in Film at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

Experiments in film practices across cultural contexts

BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) is a geo-economic alliance created in order to strengthen trade agreements between five nations based on their gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate, particular “national expertise”, skills exchange and natural resources. To date there have been numerous debates and speculations regarding its success. But it has created an opportunity to examine the implications for how five nations with varied historical, cultural and linguistic differences forge a common vision through economic solidarity.

In 2016, the NIHSS (National Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences) in South Africa funded an initiative to understand the cultural impact and/or (mis)understandings, political access and impact “on the ground” (if any) of this alliance. One of the projects: Visual Methodologies in Cultural Contexts investigates how these relationships would be explored through visual methods organised in each location, around mutually agreed to themes.

Images (and image-making) is increasingly central to modes of expressing research processes and outcomes across faculties and disciplines. Therefore, underpinning the approach is an interrogation of revising received certainties of western knowledge paradigms and reference points to include histories, experiences and image-making practices that draw from multiple positions and perspectives. This presentation aims to share some of the conceptual possibilities gleaned from the case studies to date in Brazil, India and China.  Furthermore, the presentation aims to invite open discussion on how historical and contemporary power relations in representations might encourage collaborative understandings of image-making practices and more broadly, revitalise film practice to explore cultures across linguistic and political divides.

A portrait of Jyoti Mistry


Jyoti Mistry is Professor in Film at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg in Sweden. She works with film both as a research form and as a mode of artistic practice. She has made critically acclaimed films in multiple genres and her installation work draws from cinematic traditions but is often recontextualized for galleries and museums that are outside of the linear cinematic experience.

Recent film works include: When I grow up I want to be a black man (2017), Impunity (2014), 09: 21:25 (2011), Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit (2010). Recent publications include: Places to Play: practice, research, pedagogy (2017) explores the use of archive as an exemplar to rethink colonial images through “decolonised” film practices. She has edited a special issue of the of Journal African Cinema: “Film as Research Tool: Practice and Pedagogy” (2018).

Mistry has been artist in residence in New York City, at California College of Arts (San Francisco), Sacatar (Brazil), at Netherlands Film Academy (Amsterdam) and a DAAD Researcher at Babelsberg Konrad Wolf Film University (Berlin). In 2016 she was recipient of the Cilect (Association of International Film Schools) Teaching Award in recognition for innovation in practices in film research and pedagogy. Currently, she is the principal research investigator on a BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) cross cultural project that explores image-making practices stemming from the geo-economic alliance fostered on trade agreements.

DOCH Open Lectures

Artists, thinkers and teachers connected to DOCH's Dance Department share their works and thoughts in various forms. DOCH Open Lectures are open to the public, free and don't require a reservation. Welcome!

Autumn program

  • Jyoti Mistry 26 September
  • Kate McIntosh 10 October
  • Jaamil Olawale Kosoko 6 November

All of the DOCH Open Lectures series are held at DOCH Brinellvägen 58 room G at 5.30 pm.