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Loving in Between
Jyoti Mistry

Loving In Between is inspired by the poem Advice by Langston Huhges: “Folks, I’m telling you, birthing is hard and dying is mean – so get yourself a little loving in between.”

Between birth and death, is the power to love and live. Political rules, religious orders, social norms and cultural taboos control who we love and how we love. The right to love, is controlled and regulated by how we live. But the erotic has the power to emancipate. With spoken word and archive sources, love is unboxed from categories in queer expression and a celebration of eros as the power to change our attitudes to life and to allow others to live their lives without judgment or prejudice.

After When I Grow up I Want to be a Black Man (2017) and Cause of Death (2020), Loving In Between Is Jyoti´s last part of her archival trilogy on race, sex and gender. She brings back her collaborators of the two previous films, spoken word artists Kgafela oa Magagodi and Napo Masheane and creates through archival film footage, animation and poetry a visual experimental stream of consciousness.

Aspect ratio 1.78:1 (16:9)
Prod. format Generic HD-video
Duration 00:18:00
Language English
Color Color+bw
Sound Stereo
Year 2023
Latest screening Nov 14, 2023
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About the artist

Jyoti Mistry

Born in Durban, South Africa in 1970, Mistry works with film as an interplay between cinematic traditions and installation art. Her films have screened at festivals including Toronto, Winterthur, Rotterdam and Durban and in exhibitions at Kunsthaus Zürich, Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Kunsthalle Wien. She has been artist in residence at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam and the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and was a member of the International Short Film Jury at the 68th Berlinale. She is currently professor for film at the University of Gothenburg.