Tate Britain is now displaying the work of Khadija Saye, a 24-year-old artist who died in the Grenfell Tower fire last week. Saye lived and worked in a flat on the 20th floor of the tower, with her mother Mary who is still missing, and presumed dead.
Saye’s art is also currently on display at the Venice Biennial, and according to her friend, the MP David Lammy, had met with a gallery owner only one day before the blaze.
The Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak was a big fan of Saye’s work, having seen it displayed in Venice. On hearing of Saye’s death, Januszczak tweeted the director of the Tate, Maria Balshaw, suggesting that a piece be displayed in her memory. Balshaw replied, “Our thoughts are with everyone who knew her. We will be marking her creativity by showing one of her works at Tate Britain next week.”
A Khadija Saye Memorial Fund has also been set up, which will help young artists like Saye make their way in the art world. “It will be used for study, informal training, internships or mentoring for a young person(s) whose background and circumstance might not necessarily grant them access to such support,” reads the page. “Khadija was a true artist with a sensitive and generous singular vision, and will be missed by everyone who knew her.”