The National Portrait Gallery has unveiled a picture of Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai shot by Shirin Neshat at SHOWstudio last spring. Shirin took a second portrait of Malala which will be unveiled at Birmingham Museum in 2020.
Iranian-born artist and film-maker Shirin Neshat has inscribed by hand in calligraphy on to the portraits a poem, in Yousafzai’s honour, by the Pashtu poet Rahman Shah Sayel.
Here at SHOWstudio there was obvious excitement on the day of Malala’s arrival. Neshat said at first she felt intimidated, “Yet as she arrived at the studio to be photographed,” she said, “I was immediately taken aback by her timid, gentle and innocent demeanour. To this day, when I look back on our encounter, I am left with impressions of humility, wisdom and a rare sense of inner beauty.”
On this occasion, and to learn more about this important artist, revisit our In Your Face interview of Shirin Neshat by Carrie Scott, recorded on the same day.