An art job commemorating the daily life of Khadija Saye – the Gambian-British artist who was amongst the 72 persons who died in the Grenfell hearth catastrophe – has been released in London with the goal of addressing the absence of variety in the British isles arts sector.
David Lammy, the Tottenham Labour MP, released the Khadija Saye IntoArts Programme, an academic initiative centered on establishing the arts in disadvantaged communities and placing on community exhibitions of art, the to start with of which is nine display screen prints of Saye’s do the job.
Lammy, who was a close friend of Saye, reported he remembered the “tender, stunning and imaginative soul” whose do the job “reflects that deep sensibility that was portion of her personality”. “This exhibition reminds us of the dignity and humanity with which we don’t forget those who lost their lives,” he additional.
Titled Breath is Invisible, the prints are on show in Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, about a mile from Grenfell Tower and a central area of the Notting Hill carnival, which is cancelled this year since of the Covid-19 outbreak.
Born in London, Saye lived with her mom in Grenfell Tower. She was educated locally, but at 16 received an Arnold Foundation scholarship to the Rugby faculty sixth kind following getting portion in techniques set on by IntoUniversity, which is functioning the Khadija Saye IntoArts Programme.
The programme aims to tackle the absence of variety in the British isles arts sector by providing alternatives to younger persons from deprived and ethnic minority backgrounds, these as Saye who started attending IntoUniversity events as a 7-year-previous.
Saye, who was 24 when she died, was the youngest exhibitor in the Diaspora Pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale, exactly where her operates sat alongside those of Isaac Julien and Yinka Shonibare.
Her close friend and fellow artist Sanaz Movahedi explained to the Guardian that Saye observed the knowledge of Venice “stunning and frustrating” at situations but she was thrilled that 1 of her idols, the artist Lorna Simpson, had considered her do the job.
Nicola Green – an artist who was a mentor to Saye, is married to Lammy and who started the Khadija Saye IntoArts Programme – reported that heading to Rugby had thrust Saye into “a completely different world”, which was hard but had specified her “tenacity and determination”.
“Khadija’s tale is inspirational, it desires to be explained to so that other Khadijas in the globe hear it – that is the important legacy of her outstanding tale,” she explained to the Guardian in 2017.
Saye took portion in summer academic techniques exactly where she created her artistic apply, and the programme started in her memory will establish new arts-centered pursuits at IntoUniversity centres all around the British isles.
Breath is Invisible is the to start with of 3 exhibitions that make up the job. Later on this summer Martyn Ware, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom and Joy Gregory will existing internet site-precise commissions created alongside the area local community.
The nine silkscreen prints that kind Breath is Invisible will be bought following the exhibition with the proceeds heading to the Khadija Saye IntoArts Programme and the artist’s estate.