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Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me? - Exhibition opening

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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 launch event on Thursday 4 May, 6:30 - 8:30pm. Free **

The men captured 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.

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About Mahtab Hussein

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 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 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (USA).

Books featuring Hussain’s work include the monographs The Quiet Town of Tipton (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2015) and The Commonality of Strangers (New Art Exchange, 2015).

He is currently a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University.

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After the launch event, the exhibition will be open at our London gallery from 5 May - 1 July 2017. Free admission. We are open Tue - Sat. Plan your visit at: http://bit.ly/2o2rmcn

Autograph ABP is fully accessible.

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About our openings

Our exhibition openings are very popular, and we ask visitors to RSVP beforehand to help manage numbers.

The opening is is an informal event, you can arrive and leave at any time. There may be a queue to enter the building or gallery during busy openings. This is to ensure the safety of visitors and the artwork. The queue often moves quickly, and we appreciate your patience.

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Curated by Dr Mark Sealy at Autograph ABP.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

Autograph ABP is fully accessible.

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