Khadija Mohammadou Saye
30 July 1992
|Died||14 June 2017 (aged 24)|
North Kensington, London, England
|Cause of death||Grenfell Tower fire|
|Other names||Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye|
|Alma mater||University for the Creative Arts|
|Known for||Photography and artwork|
Khadija Mohammadou Saye (30 July 1992 – 14 June 2017), also known as Ya-Haddy Sisi Saye, was a Gambian-British photographer. Her photography explored her Gambian-British identity and was exhibited in the Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2017. Saye died in the Grenfell Tower fire.
Life and work
Saye was born in London and initially attended the Sion Manning Roman Catholic Girls' School in North Kensington. At age 14 she won a scholarship to Rugby School in Rugby, England. Later she attended the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham and obtained a photography degree. She lived with her mother, Mary Ajaoi Augustus Mendy, on the 20th floor of Grenfell Tower in North Kensington. She was mentored by artist Nicola Green and became friends with Green's husband, Tottenham MP David Lammy.
Saye's photography explored her Gambian-British identity. In 2017 her series of photographs entitled Dwellings: in this Space we Breathe, based on Gambian spiritual practices, was exhibited in the Diaspora Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. The BBC had been planning to broadcast on 17 June a documentary TV programme, Venice Biennale: Sink or Swim, that included Saye. The programme "follows a team of diverse emerging artists as they install and prepare to launch the first ever Diaspora Pavilion in a Venetian palazzo during the Venice Biennale". The programme was postponed after the fire and transmitted in September 2017.
Both Saye and her mother died in the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June 2017. Following her death, Tate Britain announced that it would exhibit a silkscreen of one of the pieces from the Dwellings series, Sothiou (2017), in the memorials section.
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