Khadija Saye: Breath is Invisible

Written by Adam Bryce

Images Courtesy of the Estate of Khadija Saye

The work of late British-Gambian artist, Khadija Saye, offers a moment of spirituality in unsettling times.

In 2017, Khadija Saye became the youngest artist to exhibit in the Diaspora Pavilion of the Venice Biennale, at just 24 years old. But, sadly, only months later, Saye died in London’s Grenfell Tower fire disaster, along with 71 other victims.

A kilometre or so down the road from the Tower’s ruins, we see an exhibition open as part of a new public art project, founded by entrepreneur Eiesha Bharti Pasricha and curated by AWITA co-founder, Sigrid Kirk. 

Entitled Breath Is Invisible, the series is part of a three-month public art project exploring social inequality and injustice. Nine large-scale, silk-screen prints flank the outside façade of 236 Westbourne Grove and offer a spiritual moment to all. 

“The series was created from a personal need for spiritual grounding after experiencing trauma,” Saye wrote of the works in a catalogue before her passing. “The search for what gives meaning to our lives and what we hold onto in times of despair and life-changing challenges.”

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