An exploration of identity and place, drawn from the artist's visit to his family's homeland in Kashmir.

In September 2016, Mahtab Hussain travelled to Kashmir to meet members of his family for the first time, including his great grandmother, and to witness the kind of life he might have lived had history taken a different turn.

Born and raised in Glasgow in the 1980s, Hussain, like many others, experienced racism and discrimination. He was frequently made to feel like he did not belong in Britain yet he knew no other home.

This exhibition presents a powerful and poetic reflection on ideas of home, of belonging and displacement. It also represents a deeply personal journey and offers a revealing insight into the people and landscapes of Kashmir.

Also on display until 24 February 2019 is Mitti Ka Ghar; working with local communities, Hussain is building and decorating a traditional Kashmiri mud house. He will also create tintype portraits of local people, gradually building a portrait of Walsall.

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