Saye, an 24 year old photographer of Gambian heritage was just beginning to be noticed by the art world. Her work had been selected for and is currently exhibited at the Diaspora Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale where it caught the eye of Sunday Times art critic Waldemar Januszczak who noted:
“Khadija Saye makes gorgeous wet collodion tintypes in which this haunting 19th-century photographic process heaps poetry and sadness onto her imagery.”
Saye was mentored by portrait artist Nicola Green, who explained that Saye was on the cusp of recognition, having attracted the attention of serious galleries.
Writing in the Guardian, her friend, artist Sanaz Movahedi recalls
“Khadija spoke so openly about her experience at Venice; how during the opening night she had to go and sit out back at times to get away from the hustle because it was all too dazzling and overwhelming, but also how excited she was that one of her idols, artist Lorna Simpson, had come to admire her work. She was so gracious about being there, and so excited about the opportunities it would open up for her career in the art world.”
RIP Khadija Saye
Dwelling: in this space we breathe, Khadija Saye, at the Diaspora Pavilion to Nov 26, 2017
Palazzo Pisani S. Marina, Venice