Mahtab Hussain:
You Get Me?

9 Mar - 8 Jun 2019

Past Touring Exhibition
Curated by Mark Sealy



Gallery Oldham
35 Greaves St,
Oldham OL1 1AL, UK

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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. 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 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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Banner image: Mahtab Hussain, Green chalk stripe suit [detail], from You Get Me?, 2017. Courtesy the artist.