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Uncompromising audacity. With these words, Jyoti Mistry described the advantage of the short filmic form a few years ago in a talk at the Berlinale. This attribution would, however, also be a good title for the multi-talented artist’s work, whose multi-disciplinary approach and critical examination of social topics has made her one of the most watched figures both in the world of film as in academia.

Born in 1970 in Durban, South Africa, Jyoti Mistry is professor of film at the University of Göteborg and works with moving images both as a form of research and an artistic practice. Her works, constantly oscillating between traditional cinema and installations, deal with the complexity of identity and power dynamics and have been shown in both renowned festivals like Berlin, Toronto, and Rotterdam, as well as in prominent exhibition spaces (including Kunsthaus Zürich, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Kunsthalle Wien).

Both academically and artisticaly, Mistry explores the use of archives as an exemplary way to re-think colonial imagery through de-colonized’ film practices. In her films, working with archival footage therefore makes it possible to situate contemporary experiences within a broader historical and cultural context, and to plumb the borders of filmic form and narrative conventions. In 2020, at Vienna Shorts she received — not least for the uncompromising audacity of her work — the Austrian Short Film Prize for Cause of Death. (dhe)

In cooperation with sixpackfilm and the Austrian Film Museum.