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Khadija Saye

British-Gambian artist 1992 - 2017

Khadija Saye was a Gambian-British photographer, artist, activist and carer. Khadija began attending IntoUniversity (a programme which aimed to provide opportunities for young people from deprived and minoritized backgrounds to achieve) as a 7 year old and uncovered a passion for art. She received her first camera at the age of 9. Through IntoUniversity she won an Arnold Foundation Scholarship to attend Rugby School sixth form. Teachers there supported her passion and encouraged her to pursue photography as a career.

Khadija Saye’s work explored her identity, heritage and mixed faith background. She described her artistic practice as a means to explore ‘the deep-rooted urge to find solace in a higher power’. The tintypes, from which the nine screenprints in the collection were created, were shown at the Venice Biennale in 2017, making Khadija the youngest artist to be exhibited at the Diaspora Pavilion.

Tragically Khadija was killed in the Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017, aged 24.

In 2019 in memory of Khadija Saye, Khadija Saye Arts at IntoUniversity was founded by IntoUniversity and Khadija’s mentor, the visual artist Nicola Green. To find out more Khadija Saye Arts at IntoUniversityLink opens in a new window

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