In You Get Me?, Mahtab Hussain focuses on the identity, ostracism, rejection, and shame experienced by many young, working-class South Asian men in contemporary Britain and the tension between those feelings of displacement and the men’s desires to become Westernized and accepted. Looking to film and television for role models, the young men take violence for masculinity and adopt the postures and symbols of African American gang culture—chains and teardrop tattoos— to assert a sense of self. Hussain’s intimate portraits reveal the tentative, and at times painful, transformation of individual identity against a common backdrop.


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Artist
Mahtab Hussain, British, born 1981
Printer
John Wesley Mannion
Title
Checked top, striped top and cap
from the series You Get Me?
Date
2010, printed 2016
Medium
Chromogenic print
Dimensions
Image: 23 3/4 × 35 5/8 in. (60.3 × 90.5 cm) Sheet: 28 1/4 × 40 1/8 in. (71.8 × 101.9 cm)
Credit Line

Museum purchase funded by the S. I. and Susie Morris Photography Endowment

Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
LL 20 PUBLIC CORRIDOR
Accession Number
2016.295
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

The artist; purchased by MFAH, 2016.