Malala Yousafzai

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Malala Yousafzai

by Shirin Neshat
archival ink on gelatin silver print on fibre-based paper, 2018
60 in. x 40 in. (1524 mm x 1016 mm) overall
Commissioned with support from Scott Collins and Lotta Ashdown, in partnership with Outset Contemporary Art Fund, 2018
Primary Collection
NPG 7052

On display in Room 30 on Floor 1 at the National Portrait Gallery

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  • Malala Yousafzai (1997-), Activist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Sitter in 3 portraits.

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  • Shirin Neshat (1957-), Photographer. Artist or producer of 2 portraits.

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This is one of a pair of portraits (see also NPG 7052) by Iranian-born artist and film-maker Shirin Neshat. Neshat took a series of photographs before selecting two, onto which she has hand inscribed in calligraphy a poem by the Pashto poet Rahmat Shah Sayel from Peshawar, written in 2011. The artist recalled: 'I knew of Malala as an extraordinary young woman ... when I look back on our encounter, I am left with impressions of humility, wisdom and a rare sense of inner beauty.'

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  • NPG 7053: Malala Yousafzai (companion portrait)

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