New Art Exchange (NAE) is proud to present The Commonality of Strangers, an exceptional new body of work by award-winning British social commentary artist Mahtab Hussain.

An ambitious project commissioned by NAE in 2014, The Commonality of Strangers combines photography and text to explore important relationships between identity, heritage and displacement resulting from international migration - the truths of which are rarely revealed in the public realm.

Moving beyond the Pakistani diaspora community, which has been a significant focus in Hussain's work to-date, in this project he has engaged with both established and new migrant populations in the UK from a multitude of locations including: Poland, Romania, Sudan, Ghana, Kurdistan, Jamaica, Algeria, Malawi, South Africa and Iraq.

Immersing himself in local communities during a five month research residency, Hussain spent his time walking and exploring the streets of Hyson Green, Nottingham. During this period he connected with people from all walks of life and from across the globe, including those who consider hemselves to be wholly British. The results of these encounters have been developed into a curated exhibition, The Commonality of Strangers, and accompanying publication. The exhibition premiered at NAE 31 January – 12 April 2015, and is available to tour.

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The exhibition is showing at:

FARM Cultural Park, Favara, Italy, 25 June – 13 November


About NAE's Touring Exhibitions

New Art Exchange curates a number of exhibitions annually, a number of which are available for national and international tour. With a focus on contemporary fine art practice our exhibitions present various mediums and we work with both British and international artists. All of our exhibitions contribute to NAE's mission statement which is to stimulate new perspectives on the value of diversity in art and society.

Details of the exhibitions currently available to tour can be found below. If you are interested in hiring one of our touring exhibitions, please contact


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