Khadija Saye: Photographer Who Died In Grenfell Tower Fire Gets Tate Tribute

Khadija Saye
Khadija Saye worked out of the flat she shared with her mother in Grenfell Tower (Twitter)

Before her untimely death in the devastating Grenfell Tower fire, Khadija Saye was a promising British artist whose photography was amassing glowing reviews from critics.

Her friend David Lammy MP revealed that the 24-year-old had met with a respected art gallery owner just days before the 14 June tragedy and now, in tribute, her work has gone on display at Tate Britain.

“Sothiou”, a silkscreen print on paper, is from Dwelling: in this space we breathe collection, showing in the Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale until 26 November.

Khadija’s photography explores identity, diaspora and spirituality and religion. It was portrait-based, highly personal and often focused around her Gambian heritage.

Critic Waldemar Januszczak wrote in his Sunday Times review of the Biennale: “Khadija Saye makes gorgeous wet collodion tintypes in which this haunting 19th century photographic process heaps poetry and sadness onto her imagery.”

The Khadjia Saye Memorial Fund has been set up in Khadija’s name to support blossoming artists like her realise their potential, despite their background and circumstance not necessarily granted them access to the training, internships and mentoring they need to succeed.

“Khadija was a true artist with a sensitive and generous singular vision and will be missed by everyone who knew her,” reads a message on the fundraising page.

So far, £4,245 of the target £50,000 has been raised, with one anonymous donor writing: “This is an excellent initiative and it’s just a shame that it takes a tragedy like this to encourage people to invest in young artists from the working class who have so much talent.”

Others have paid tribute to an “inspiring” women with “breathtaking talent”.

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