Verena Jaekel

Alina Mirza and Suhayl Saadi with their daughter, Glasgow, 14 May 2011. From A Scottish Family Portraits series (2011)

About this artwork

A widely published novelist, dramatist and poet, Suhayl Saadi practises as a doctor in Glasgow. His father, also a doctor, came to Britain in 1955 and was amongst the first wave of south Asians who helped build the NHS. Alina Mirza settled in Scotland after marrying Saadi. Mirza is a curator and public health specialist. Both Mirza and Saadi are passionate about addressing the under-representation of the Pakistani community in mainstream arts. In 2005 they organised the first Pakistani film, media and arts festival in Glasgow. This intimate family portrait is full of a variety of rich colours and textures giving it a luxurious feel.

  • title: Alina Mirza and Suhayl Saadi with their daughter, Glasgow, 14 May 2011. From A Scottish Family Portraits series
  • accession number: PGP 779.2
  • artist: Verena JaekelGerman (born 1980)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • materials: digital C-type print
  • date created: 2011
  • measurements: 110.00 x 86.00 cm
  • credit line: Commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2009

Verena Jaekel

Verena Jaekel

German photographer, Verena Jaekel, studied at the Lette-Verein, Berlin, and gradutated in 2004. Jaekel is a classic documentary photographer, observing scenes with great technical precision and like many of her generation, she is influenced by the Dusseldorf School of Photography. Since graduating her career has flourished, winning the prestigious Wüstenrot Foundation prize for documentary photography in 2005-6 and her portraits have been exhibited globally. Jaekel favours working with a large format film camera with her main subject interests including migration, religion and gender.