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Updated: Jul 23, 2019

Early 2017, Khadija saye created a series of nine tintype photographs titled ‘Dwelling: in this Space We Breathe’. Each were self-portraits in which Khadija performed a different, time-honoured, Gambian spiritual ritual.

‘the series was intensely personal for Khadija,’ says her former mentor, the artist Nicola Green. ‘She drew on subject matter she cared deeply about… exploring the emotions, feelings and consequences of her journey and heritage.’ (extracted from Christie's)

Though she was born and brought up in Grenfell Tower, West London. Khadija’s parents were from the Gambia — and in dwelling she clearly explores their Muslim and Christian heritage and holding various objects that are considered sacred in the Gambia, such as a cow horn and incense burner. As an artist she referred to the series as charting ‘the deep-rooted urge to find solace in a higher power

Khadija Saye (1992-2017), in this space we breathe, executed in 2017, this work is number one from an edition of fifty. Each sheet: 24⅛ x 19 ¾ in (61.3 x 50.2 cm). Estimate: £7,000-10,000. Offered in post war and contemporary art day auction on 5 october 2018 at Christie’s in London

Inspired by Khadija’s photography, her perseverance and determination