Verena Jaekel

Sana Bilgrami with her Family, Edinburgh, 2 July 2011. From A Scottish Family Portrait series (2011)

About this artwork

An award-winning filmmaker, Sana Bilgrami grew up in Karachi and moved to Scotland in 2000. Although she feels a deep sense of belonging and gave birth to her son here, Bilgrami would find it awkward to describe herself as Scottish. She does, however, feel very much at home in Edinburgh, a city which holds a great deal of personal history for her. This history is explored in her moving film, ‘Fragments of a Love Story’, which is part of the National Galleries of Scotland Collections. In this intimate family photograph the adults chose to wear western clothes while dressing the children in traditional Pakistani costume.

  • title: Sana Bilgrami with her Family, Edinburgh, 2 July 2011. From A Scottish Family Portrait series
  • accession number: PGP 779.13
  • artist: Verena JaekelGerman (born 1980)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • date created: 2011
  • measurements: 110.00 x 86.00 cm
  • credit line: Commissioned by the Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2009
  • copyright: © Verena Jaekel

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.