A Daphne Caruana Galizia portrait for the European Parliament in Strasbourg

"I wanted to not only honour this fearless journalist but also to keep her memory alive," says Scandinavian artist Marie Louise Kold whose portrait of Daphne Caruana Galizia was just hung in the European Parliament (EP) press room in Strasbourg.

When Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in October 2017 it was "a shock and a horrendous blow to freedom of speech," says Kold, who has been living in Malta for seven years. But it also got to her personally, and she decided to do something. A portrait on a single copper sheet was her answer.

After the press room of the European Parliament in Strasbourg had been re-named Salle Daphne Caruana Galizia, Kold asked the EP and the Caruana Galizia family and they agreed to hang the portrait there. Kold also used personal artefacts such as plants from Caruana Galizia's garden, the text of Article 11 in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the last sentence that Caruana Galizia published just half an hour before she was killed by a car bomb: "There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate."

This is Kold's making-of.

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