Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me?

5 May 2017 – 1 Jul 2017

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11:00 – 18:00
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11:00 – 21:00

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Mahtab Hussain’s photographs explore the critical question of identity among young working-class British Asian men


You Get Me? addresses the contested political terrain of race and representation, respect and cultural difference.

Join us at the exhibition opening on Thursday 4 May, 6:30 - 8:30pm.
Read more and RSVP at: http://autograph-abp.co.uk/exhibitions/you-get-me

The men portrayed in Hussain’s portraits identify as Muslim, and expressed that they felt culturally ridiculed by the constant flow of derogatory media representation of their lives.

The 24 portraits in the exhibition examine how the weight of masculinity impacts the subject’s sense of self, as they navigate the complex identity formations historically placed upon them.

Hussain photographed the series over a nine-year period in Birmingham – where he grew up – stopping individuals in the street and starting conversations as he took their portrait. He later expanded the project to London and Nottingham.

A photobook of You Get Me? will be published by MACK in June to coincide with the exhibition. Read more about the book >

Curated by Dr Mark Sealy at Autograph ABP.

"Mahtab Hussain’s work is a timely investigation into the current politics around migration and identity."
- Dr Mark Sealy, Curator


About Mahtab Hussain

Mahtab Hussain uses photography to investigate the dynamic relationship between identity, heritage and displacement.

Born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1981, Hussain began his series You Get Me? in 2008.

Hussain’s work has received wide recognition, including commissions by Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), Multistory (West Bromwich) and New Art Exchange (Nottingham). His photography has been shown internationally, and reviewed in publications such as the Guardian, the Telegraph and The Huffington Post. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (USA).

Books featuring Hussain’s work include the monographs The Quiet Town of Tipton (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2015) The Commonality of Strangers (New Art Exchange, 2015), and You Get Me? (MACK, release date June 2017).

He is currently a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University.


Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Autograph ABP is fully accessible, with step-free access to all areas of the building.

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