Press for this groundbreaking project includes features in The New York Times, British Journal of Photography, BBC News, Buzz Feed, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Paper Journal, PDN, among others.
We are pleased to announce a new partnership with publisher MACK to honor an artist with the Light Work Photobook Award. The inaugural recipient is photographer Mahtab Hussain, for his monograph You Get Me?. Hussain previously participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence Program in March 2015 as part of a yearly partnership Autograph ABP in London. The publishing of You Get Me? has also been made possible with support from Arts Council England. The Light Work Photobook Award is given each year to an artistic project that deserves international attention. As with all of Light Work’s programs, in selecting the artists to receive this recognition an emphasis is made to highlight emerging and underrepresented artists of diverse backgrounds.
Photographed over a nine-year period, You Get Me? by British artist Mahtab Hussain is a book centred on the experiences of young working-class South Asian Muslim men in contemporary Britain. Largely a book of portraits, it also documents the local environments of these men, picking up on manifest signs of multicultural identity. The photographs in You Get Me? are interspersed with evocative extracts from Hussain’s numerous conversations with Muslim men, principally in London, Nottingham and Birmingham. Bringing issues of identity, masculinity, displacement and belonging to the fore, the book addresses concrete experiences of these men against a backdrop of derogatory media representations. Confronting the politics surrounding immigration and identity in Britain, Hussain at once celebrates the implicit agency of his photographic subjects, while recognizing their struggle to determine a sense of self.
Mahtab Hussain is an artist who uses photography to explore the important relationship between identity, heritage, and displacement. He earned his B.A. from Goldsmith College, University of London, and two M.A.s from Nottingham Trent University and City University London. Hussain’s artwork has been shown across many venues including the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Library of Birmingham, New Art Exchange Nottingham, Sumarria Lunn Gallery, Galerie Huit – Arles Open Photography Salon, and Viewfinder Gallery Brixton. Hussain is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions including Arts Council England, Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Curators Choice Award, Culture Cloud at New Art Exchange, Nottingham and Format 13 Portfolio Review Award.