Khadija Saye’s art is on display at Tate Britain in memory of the Grenfell Tower victims

Art by the late Khadija Saye, a promising young artist who died in the Grenfell Tower blaze, is being displayed at the Tate Britain.

The late Khadija Saye


The 24-year-old artist died in the tragedy along with her mother Mary Mendy. reported that Ms Saye had just produced her first major body of work which is so impressive that, according to her friend David Lammy MP, she had just met with a prestigious gallery owner the day before her death.

Ms Saye had recently been chosen to exhibit her work at the Venice Biennale at the UK’s Diaspora Pavilion, which is one of the highest accolades an artist can achieve, reported. She was the youngest artist to be included.

The late Ms Saye was born in Britain to Gambian parents. Much of her work explored her Gambian heritage; photographs and prints were portraits and were often highly personal, reported.

A sign at the Tate says “Sothiou is from a group of works by Khadija Saye under the title Dwelling: In This Space We Breathe, which is included in the Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale until 26 November 2017.

“A fund will be set up in Khadija’s name and for more information or if you would like to make a donation please go to“.

‘Sothiou’ is being shown in a small memorial gallery alongside text which reads: “In memory of Khadija Saye and all who lost their lives at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017.

The display “celebrates the leap that Khadija made with this work, and might also stand in some way as a means to remember her and her neighbours in the community in Grenfell Tower who were tragically killed,” Senior Tate curator Andrew Wilson

When Ms Saye’s work was displayed in Venice on 10th May 2017, she happily tweeted: “It’s been a real journey, but mama, I’m an artist exhibiting in Venice and the blessings are abundant!”

Mr Lammy posted a moving message to mourn the late Ms Saye. “May you rest in peace Khadija Saye. God bless your beautiful soul. My heart breaks today. I mourn the tragic loss of a wonderful young woman.

“Khadija was a talented emerging artist. Her work is currently on display at the Venice Biennale and I recently went to see it.”

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