Verena Jaekel

Mona Siddiqui with her Family, Dullatur, 17 October 2010. From A Scottish Family Portrait series (2010)

About this artwork

A regular contributor to Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’, Mona Siddiqui is one of Britain’s most high-profile Muslim academics. Born in Karachi, Siddiqui grew up in Huddersfield before moving to Scotland twenty years ago when she married. Siddiqui is currently professor of Islamic and Interreligious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She was previously director of the University of Glasgow’s Centre for the Study of Islam, which she founded in 1997. This striking portrait shows Siddiqui as both a strong woman and a caring mother and wife who wants to instil in her children a sense of themselves as global citizens. It is part of a series by photographer Verena Jaekel who was commissioned to produce portraits of Scots of Pakistani heritage for the re-opening of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2011.

  • title: Mona Siddiqui with her Family, Dullatur, 17 October 2010. From A Scottish Family Portrait series
  • accession number: PGP 779.8
  • artist: Verena JaekelGerman (born 1980)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • date created: 2010
  • 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.