Mahtab Hussain's installation 'Mitti Ka Ghar' currently exhibiing at The New Art Gallery Walsall.
It has taken 10 months to construct this structure, inspired by traditional Kashmiri mud houses that can still be found in parts of the region the work has been made with the assistance for gallery staff, local students, commnity groups, volunteers. Mitti Ka Ghar means "house made of earth" in Urdu. Visitors have been able to watch as the structure has taken shape.
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.
Over the past 10 months artist Mahtab Hussain with assistance from gallery staff, local students, community groups, volunteers and visitors have built a traditional Kashmiri mud house (Mitti Ka Ghar), beginning with straw bales, followed by the application of mud clay and finally painted with a wash and decorative patterns.
The mud house is accompanied by photographic displays; of images taken by Mahtab in Pakistan and a new hang of Tintype portraits created at the Gallery, featuring Gallery visitors and staff
The exhibition runs until the 31st March .
To see a video and more information on the exhibition visit the web site of The New Art Gallery in Walsall
See more of works by Mahtab Hussain visit his website
Or his artist page on this site