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Malala Yousafzai

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This is one of a pair of portraits by Iranian-born artist and filmmaker 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.'

National Portrait Gallery, London

London

Title

Malala Yousafzai

Date

2018

Medium

archival ink on gelatin silver print on fibre-based paper

Measurements

H 152.4 x W 101.6 cm

Accession number

7052

Acquisition method

commissioned, 2018

Work type

Photograph

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