Friday, 2 June 2017

You Get Me - Exhibition at Autograph ABP

5 MAY - 1 JULY 2017


By  Leigh Richards

Last week I headed down to Autograph ABP in Shoreditch for Mahtab Hussain's You Get Me exhibition which explores the identity among young working class British Asian men in the UK.

The exhibition addresses the contested political terrain of race and representation, respect and cultural difference.

The men portrayed expressed that they felt culturally ridiculed by the constant flow of derogatory media representation of their lives.

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

The series was photographed over a nine-year period in Birmingham. Hussain would stop individuals in the street, starting conversations as he took their portrait. The project was later expanded to London and Nottingham.

Autograph ABP, Rivington Place (off Rivington Street), London EC2A 3BA
The exhibition is on until 1 July 2017. Tel 020 7749 1240.

Exhibition opening times
Tues, Wed, Fri 11am – 6pm
Thurs 11am – 9pm,
Sat 12 – 6pm
The gallery is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Public Holidays.