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Shirin Neshat 
Malala Yousafzai 
2018 
  
Gelatin silver print, archival ink on fibre-based paper 
National Portrait Gallery - NPG 
Commissioned with support from Scott Collins and Lotta Ashdown, in partnership with Outset Contemporary Art Fund, 2018, NPG 7052 
  
 
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Malala Yousafzai (1997-), Activist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Sitter in 3 portraits.
 
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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