Mahtab Hussain


Masters degree in Art,Photography, Nottingham Trent University 2013.
Masters degree in Art, -Museum and Gallery Management, City University London, 2006
Bachelors degree in Art -(Hons) in History of Art, Goldsmith College, University of London, 2002

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Hayward Gallery and Southbank Centre " Everyday Heroes", London UK - 2 September - 30 November 2020
Taking place across Southbank Centre, Everyday Heroes is an outdoor exhibition celebration the contribution of key frontline workers during the outbreak of Covid-19.

You Get Me?, Oldham Gallery, UK / 9 March – 8 June 2019
Mitti Ka Ghar - New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK / 25 May 2018 — 31 March 2019

You Get Me? - Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK
Going Back to Where I Came From - New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK

You Get Me? - Autograph ABP (Curated by Mark Sealy MBE), London, UK

Mitti Ka Ghar – Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
The Commonality of Strangers, The Public, Wolverhampton, UK

The Commonality of Strangers, Strange Cargo, Folkestone, (in association with New Art Exchange)
The Commonality of Strangers, New Art Exchange - Nottingham, UK
What does it mean to be a British Pakistani male today?, mac - Birmingham, UK
Joe Strummer, Subway Gallery - London, UK

Selected Group Exhibitions

Middle Eastern Galleries Now, East Wing on Artsy (on-line exhibition), 15 - 31 March

Face to Face, Kings Cross Tunnel, curated by Ekow Eshun, Group public Installation, Oct - 1 Nov 2020, London UK
'A Rich Tapestry', Lahore Biennale (presented by IKON Gallery), Jan - Feb 2020, Lahore, Pakistan

KALEIDOSCOPE: Immigration and Modern Britain, Somerset House, 12 June – 8 Sept 2019, London, UK

National Portrait Gallery – Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2017 - Nov 2017 to Feb 2018, London, UK

An Ideal for Living, Beetles + Huxley Gallery - London, UK
The Discoveries - Houston Foto Fest, Texas, US

Birmingham Show, Eastside Projects - Birmingham, UK

Summer Show, Aperture Gallery, New York City, USA
50 Years On The Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, mac - Birmingham, UK
The Photographers Wall, Library of Birmingham UK

Be A Man Sumarria Lunn Gallery - London, UK

Culture Cloud, New Art Exchange, Curators Choice Award - Nottingham, UK
Arles Open Photography Salon, Galerie Huit, Arles, France

Anticurate: Exhibition Five, mac - Birmingham, UK

Viewpoints, Viewfinder Gallery, London, UK
West Midlands Open, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery - Birmingham, UK


Black Country Voyages The Auspicious Journey, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK
Lead artist Black Country Voyages in 2016, converting the boat into The Auspicious Journey, a story of mass displacement of people in Kashmir, Pakistan in the 1960s that led to the establishment of new communities in Working with clay and traditional photography making work about people affected by the dam construction. The significance is water – the community was displaced by water, transported by water from Pakistan, and employed to work with water.

2017 - 2018
Faith - Autograph Media, UK
Portraits of prominent leaders from all faiths, contributing their messages of peace and understanding as part of a national campaign of unity called ‘Faith’. Series will be exhibited in public spaces which will include, underground, national rail and billboards (duration 1 year)


Slow Boat - Ikon Gallery, UK
Using the slow boat as a darkroom / studio (duration 1 year)

Black Country Voyages – The Auspicious Journey / Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Artist-In-Residence / Autograph ABP and Light Work, Syracuse, NY, USA

Artist-In-Residence / New Art Exchange, Nottingham, UK 

2013 - 2017
Multistory – Artist-in-Residence, Wolverhampton, UK

Artist Exchange in Pakistan and UK - Ikon Gallery - British Council , UK – Vassl Gallery, NL

10 - week Commission - mac, Birmingham, UK

Going Back To Where I Came From, Ikon Gallery, Arts Council, England UK
You Get Me? (Publisher, MACK books - ISBN 978-1-910164-84-6), 2017
The Quiet Town of Tipton (Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing, in association with Multistory - ISBN: 978-1-907893-72-8)
The Commonality Of Strangers ( Publisher New Art Exchange, ISBN: 978-0-9560253-8-8)


British Muslim Award 2019 (Nominated for Outstanding Achievement for the Year),UK

Eastern Eye - Arts Culture & Theatre Awards 2018 (Nominated for Emerging Artist Award), UK
Deutsche Börse Prize 2018/19, Nominated under the long list for ‘You Get Me?’
GG2 Media & Creative Arts 2018 (Nominated for Exemplary Achievement in the creative industry), UK.

Inaugural Photobook Award Recipient - You Get Me?, Light Work, USA
Deutsche Börse Prize 2017/18, Nominated under the long list for ‘You Get Me?’

Selected for Discoveries of the Meeting Place, Houston Fotofest, Houston Texas USA

First Place - Format 13 Portfolio Review Award, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK


Curators Choice Award - Culture Cloud, New Art Exchange

Financial Times, London UKYou Get Me? January 2018
Royal Photographic Society, UK - You Get Me?
Unseen Magazine, Amsterdam NL - You Get Me? 2018, 
Vanity Fair - Italia
Grazia Middle East
Crack Magazine - Art feature of You Get Me? commissioned essay by Alice Nicolov
Financial Times - You Get Me? featured in print in Snap Shot.
Contact Sheet
–187 Light Work Annual - 2016
Dont Get Me? Source Magazine – Issue No 78. Summer 2014, Northern Ireland
Emaho Magazine (online) – May 2013
L’Officiel Hommes, Spring/Summer 2013
Hunter Magazine, Spring/Summer 2013

The Guardian, UK September 2020, Everyday Heroes Featured
The Guardian - 15 May 2017 - You Get Me? Featured In Pictures.
Huck Magazine - April 2017 - You Get Me? Featured and with interview and text by Michal Segalov.
Financial Times (UK) - May 2017 - You Get Me? Featured and text by Tom Graham.
The Independent - May 2017 - You Get Me? Featured with interview and text by Kashmira Gander.
Metro - May 2017 - You Get Me? Featured with interview and text by Alex Hickson.
The Economist - June 2017 - You Get Me? Featured and writing by Rahul Verma.
Buzz Feed - May 2017 - You Get Me? Featured and text by Louise Ridley and Matthew Tucker.
The New York Times - Lens - May 2017 - You Get Me? Featured in Lens with text by Jonathan Blaustein.
BBC World Service - May 2017 - Video piece featuring You Get Me?
Dazed - May 2017 - You Get Me? Featured and interviewed by Niall Flynn.
Asian Network - The Big Debate - May 2017 - Radio Interview with Qasa Alom for the BBC Asian Network.
BBC Radio London - May 2017 - Radio interview live with Jumoke Fashola
Paper Journal Interview - You Get Me? by Nina Manandhar.
British Journal of Photography - You Get Me? Featured, text by Susanna D’Aliesio.
Its Nice That - You Get Me? Featured with text by Bryony Stone.
Desi Blitz - You Get Me? Featured and text by Eshvari Sharma.
Media Diversified  - You Get Me? Featured and with writing by Jamal Mehmood.

Arts Council England – 16 August 2016 - Post-Brexit, with co-author Skinder Hundal, Director of New Art Exchange.
Strange Fire Magazine - July 14, 2016 - Q&A with Hamidah Glasgow 
BBC Culture Does this image sum up Britain? - 26 July 2016 Review by Fiona Macdonald for An Ideal for Living.
TIME - 10 Things to See at FotoFest Houston – 16 March 2016 - You Get Me? is highlighted as one of the series to see in America’s longest running festival of international photography.
Buzz Feed News - Photographer Captures A Muslim Community Three Years After A Nail Bomb
Attack – 5 February 2016 Full page spread online featuring The Quiet Town of Tipton’

The Guardian – Muslim Ghetto – In Picture 13 August 2015 - Muslim Ghetto series exhibited in the Photography section
The Huffington Post (Online) – February 2015 Review by Louise Ridley ‘The Commonality of Strangers’
Nottingham Post
– February 2015 - Review by Mark Patterson ‘The Commonality of Strangers’.
BBC East Midlands Today - January 2015 - 
Television interview with Geeta Pendse discussing the New Art Exchange commission and solo show – The Commonality of Strangers.
Ceasefire Magazine - January 2015 - 
Reflections –Essay by Roger Bromley. ‘The Commonality of Strangers’.

The Guardian – 21 April 2014 - ’50 Years On: the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies’ article by Stuart Hall.

The Telegraph Online - April 2013
– 4 Star Review - Interviewed by Louise Donovan – ‘Be a Man’ exhibition.
The Huffington Post Online
– March 2013 - Review by Dr Michael Petry – ‘Be a Man’ exhibition.

BBC 4 – Britain Through the Lens – Summer 2017 / The documentary introduces Mahtab's contemporary art practice.


Chelsea Art College 
London College of Communication
The Wellcome Collection

Brighton Photo Biennale , UK
New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK
Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Autograph ABP, London, UK
Royal Academy, UK 

Tate Modern, UK 
Ikon Gallery, UK 
Farm Cultural Park, UK

Strange Cargo, UK 
Cheltenham Literary Festival , UK 
Maryland Institute College of Art, USA
Syracuse University, USA
New Art Exchange, UK

Nottingham Trent University
Birmingham Institute of Art and Design BIAD
Ikon Gallery
AMAN House, Karachi
Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi 

Joseph Chamberlain College, Birmingham, UK
South Birmingham College, Birmingham, UK

The New Art Gallery Walsall, UK
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas USA
Autograph ABP Collection, London, UK
Gallery Oldham, UK

The Light Work Collection, Syracuse, New York USA
Private Collections

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