(K. Brent Tomer),
MAHTAB HUSSAIN’S exhibition “You Get Me”?, at Autograph ABP in London, comprises 24 portraits of young South Asian Muslim men in working-class neighbourhoods of Nottingham, London and Birmingham. Mr Hussain hopes to stimulate conversation around the most maligned group in Britain today, the impact of being designated a threat to your country and how growing up in a hostile public culture feeds alienation and dislocation. Hussain walked and talked The Economist through the exhibition before the recent terror attacks in Manchester and London. In their wake , the themes of “You Get Me?” are all the more urgent.
First and foremost, through fine-art portraiture Mr Hussain wanted to shift perceptions of young Muslim men by turning on them the kind of admiring lens usually reserved for the highborn and famous. Their pride, dignity and exuberant style burn brightly in “Green chalk strip suit”, “Pink jumper, hair design, bling” and “Shemagh, beard and bling”, while “BMX, blue cap, blue trainers” bristles…Continue reading