Mahtab Hussain
You Get Me?

5 May - 1 July 2017

Rivington Place

London, UK

Free exhibition

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 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 >

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

What visitors say

What a relevant exhibition! Everyone needs to see this

Incredibly insightful and wonderful exhibition that gives an alternative view to the one-sided narrative we often see

Inspiring and needed in today's society

Incredibly powerful and much needed exhibition

I loved it because the people Hussain photographs are people that are present in my own life: my brothers, cousins, nephews, and so on

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.

Directions and opening hours

Free admission

Autograph ABP
Rivington Place

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The main entrance is on the side of the building.

We are located in the heart of Shoreditch, a short walk from Old Street, Liverpool Street and Shoreditch High Street stations.
Buses: 26, 43, 48, 55, 67, 149, 205, 242 and 271

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

Rivington Place is fully accessible.

Children are welcome to the gallery with an adult.


Anti-Racism in the East End
Thur 22 June, 6:30pm. Book tickets >

Masculinity and Representation
Wed 31 May, 7pm. Book tickets >

Exploring a Post-Brexit Britain
Thur 25 May. Book tickets >

You Get Me? Exhibition opening
Thurs 4 May, 6:30 - 8:30pm
Join us at the launch of our new exhibition Mahtab Hussain: You Get Me?. Free, RSVP >

Curated by

You Get Me? is curated by Dr Mark Sealy at Autograph ABP

Supported by

Special thanks to Light Work in Syracuse, New York, for supporting the creation of this work during Mahtab Hussain’s Autograph ABP / Light Work Artist-in-Residence programme in 2015.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

As seen in:

  • Mahtab Hussain, Green chalk stripe suit, from You Get Me?, 2017. Courtesy the artist
  • Mahtab Hussain, Young boy with Bart Simpson, from You Get Me?, 2012. Courtesy the artist
  • Mahtab Hussain, Young boy, white boxing gloves, from You Get Me?, 2012. Courtesy the artist
  • Mahtab Hussain, Shemagh, beard and bling, from You Get Me?, 2010. Courtesy the artist