Mahtab Hussain – You Get Me? (2008)
Today when I was taking a casual ride on my bike in the sun through Shoreditch I decided for a quick visit into the Autograph ABP Gallery on Rivington street. This would’ve been the first time I been back here since my first year so much had changed to the entire layout of the space. Instead of having to walk all the round the building to get in, the gallery space now placed doors within their big window panels that let you look through to see the art hanging up. The exhibition they had on show was a photography project by Nottingham Trent student Mahtab Hussain; the project delves into the theme of shooting portraits of young muslim men in Britain, whilst discussing the dialogue of how a majority of them are subjected to an umbrella of social injustices. The space is occupied with the portraits of different sizes hanging up across the wall; and as captions for each photograph bold,minimal text is used. They clearly state the title of the work displayed, and the year it was taken/created. The portraits in the space as described by the artist show “The young men and boys stare directly and defiantly at the viewer to demand to be respected and acknowledged in their own right. To compliment the wall and theme the artist had short verses of stories and accounts of people who spoke about their experience as a young muslim, but also in another perspective of where one discusses how muslims are perceived. These small passages are set in bold to make it stand out in the space but also to keep the theme of ‘boldness’ concise (as they’ve done with the bordering of each portrait.) I like the simple layout of the space and its art, even further that it stands in contrast with the thousands of words and emotions spoken in each photograph by the presenting artist.
Promotional/Business card is kept simple aswell, stating the basic information of where the gallery is, it’s website; and also a brief history of the company. The gallery space is sponsored by trusts and charities which is shown the at bottom of the business card. further below in small print reads the caption of the works that is displayed on the front of the business card.