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