Born and raised in Glasgow in the 1980s, Mahtab Hussain, like many others, experienced racism and discrimination. He was frequently made to feel like he did not belong in Britain yet he knew no other home. Now living in the British Midlands, Mahtab has developed an artistic practice which reflects on ideas of homeland, race, identity and cultural difference.
Join Redeye, in partnership with New Art Gallery Walsall and GRAIN Photography Hub, for this unique opportunity to hear Mahtab Hussain in conversation with the writer, curator and artist David Campany discussing his latest exhibition.
Going back home to where I came from presents a powerful and poetic reflection on ideas of home; of belonging and displacement. In September 2016, Mahtab Hussain travelled to Kashmir; to the place where his parents had once called home. He was able to meet members of his family for the first time, including his great-grandmother, and to witness the kind of life he may have lived had history taken a different turn. His latest exhibition at New Art Gallery Walsall represents a deeply emotional, personal journey of discovery and offers a revealing insight into the people and the landscapes of Kashmir.
Who is it for?
This event is for anyone who is interested in Mahtab Hussain's work, photography exploring issues such as race, identity and cultural differences and the working processes of photographers. Early booking is recommended.
About the Speakers
David Campany writes, curates exhibitions, and makes art. His recent shows include The Still Point of the Turning World: between film and photography (FoMu, Antwerp); A Handful of Dust (Le Bal, Paris / Pratt Institute NYC / Whitechapel Gallery, London), California Museum of Photography / Moderna Museet Stockholm); The Open Road: photography and the American road trip (currently touring the US) and Walker Evans: Anonymous (currently touring Europe). For each show, Campany has written an accompanying book. His other titles include Photography and Cinema (2008), Jeff Wall: Picture for Women (2010), Gasoline (2013), and Art and Photography (2003).
British artist, Mahtab Hussain explores the important relationship between identity, heritage and displacement. His themes develop through long-term research articulating a visual language that challenges the prevailing concepts of multiculturalism. Hussain’s You Get Me? series debut in the UK at Autograph ABP, London in 2017, curated by Mark Sealy, it reached an audience in excess of 2m through print, online coverage, TV, and radio. He has also been winner of the Curators Choice Award, Culture Cloud at New Art Exchange and of Format 13 Portfolio Review Award for most significant review. Hussain was selected as the 2015 Light Work + Autograph ABP Artist-in-Residence, and chosen from 500 international artists to be ‘discovery artist’ under the prestigious Discoveries Award in 2016 at Houston FotoFest. Hussain has published four artist books. His You Get Me? series is published by MACK books with the support of Arts Council England winning the Light Work Photobook Award for 2017. Going back home to where I came from is being published by Ikon Gallery, supported by Arts Council England and The British Council. The Quiet Town of Tipton was published by Dewi Lewis and commissioned by Multistory and The Commonality of Stranger published by New Art Exchange supported by Arts Council England.
18 July 2018 from 18:30 until 20:00. Doors open at 18:00.
New Art Gallery Walsall
The venue is fully accessible but for more information please visit their website.
Please book your ticket by contacting New Art Gallery Walsall directly on 01922 654400. Tickets are £3.00
Photo Credit: Mahtab Hussain, Mangla Dam, 2017, c-type photograph. Courtesy of the artist.