Artist Talk with Mahtab Hussain

February 7, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Join us for a conversation with Mahtab Hussain, the artist behind our current exhibition, “Muslims in America: Syracuse Edition”

Mahtab Hussain is an artist, photographer and storyteller from Birmingham UK, who has explored Muslim presence and experience in his work over fifteen years. Gathering pictures and stories in Muslim communities, he has made iconic experiences for viewers in public exhibitions and installations, and several books. His contemporary portraits of “beautiful, brown Muslims” have been shown and collected by museums in the UK and around the world.

He received his BA in History of Art at Goldsmith College specialising in Photography; his MA in Museum and Gallery Management, City University, London; awarded an Arts Humanities Research Council (AHRC), he completed a MA in Photography at Nottingham Trent University.

Hussain has been recipient of numerous awards and commissions including, Ikon Gallery, New Art Exchange, Hayward Gallery, The Foundling Museum; he has also been winner of the Curators Choice Award, Culture Cloud at New Art Exchange and First Prize at Format 13 Portfolio Review Award for most significant review. Hussain was selected as the 2015 Light Work + Autograph ABP Artist-in-Residence, and chosen from 500 international artists to be ‘discovery artist’ under the prestigious Discoveries Award in 2016 at Houston Texas FotoFest.

Hussain has published four artist books.  His ‘You Get Me?’ series is published by MACK books with the support of Arts Council England winning the Light Work Photobook Award for 2017. ‘Going Back to Where I Came From’ published by Ikon Gallery, supported by Arts Council England and The British Council. The Quiet Town of Tipton was published by Dewi Lewis and commissioned by Multistory and ‘The Commonality of Strangers’ published by New Art Exchange supported by Arts Council England.

Hussain’s ‘You Get Me?’ series debut in the UK at Autograph ABP, London in 2017, curated by Mark Sealy, it reached an audience in excess of 2m through print, online coverage, TV, and radio with prominent featured articles The Guardian, The Economist, The Financial Time, The Independent, Vanity Fair, New York Times, VICE, Metro, Buzzfeed, Dazed and Confused to name a few.

His work is collected at Toronto Metropolitan University, Canada Hood Museum, New York, The New York Public Library, The Museum of the City of New York, Brooklyn Museum, Sidley’s, New York, LACMA, Los Angeles, The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, National Museum of American History, DC, East Wing, Doha, Qatar, Light Work, Syracuse, Autograph ABP in London, UK, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Government Art Collection, UK, National Portrait Gallery, Scotland, Gallery Oldham, The Foundling Museum, London, UK and Private Collections in the USA, UK and Middle East

Mahtab Hussain is represented by East Wing Gallery, Doha, who are supporting the Muslims in America work and Chris Boot is Producer and Editor of the series.