Works by artist who died in Grenfell fire to be shown at Kettle's Yard

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Kettle's Yard art gallery in Cambridge will exhibit works by Khadija Saye, an artist who died in the Grenfell Tower fire in June, in an exhibtion early next year. 

After Saye's work was spotted by Andrew Nairne, the director of Kettle's Yard, she accepted an invitation to be part of the exhibition just two days before the fire.

Speaking to The Guardian, Nairne recalled seeing Saye's work at the Venice Biennale’s diaspora pavilion where he was struck not only by Saye's photography but also by the accompanying text:

"It is very rare [to] read something that sounds so completely honest and what the person is really thinking and wanting to say.”

"She had sort of broken the rules for how you talk about art, she had been so up front.”

The exhibition ‘Actions. The image of the world can be different’ follows a two-year redevelopment of the gallery, including new education spaces. 

'Actions' is inspired by a letter Narum Gabo wrote to Herbert Read in 1944, in which Gabo names art as a poetic, social and political force in the world. 

Nairne, also curator of Actions, said: "Actions goes beyond the visual arts and includes the architect of the new Kettle's Yard, a composer, a dance company and choreographer.

"The aim is to create a gathering of artistic expressions, to see what happens when a myriad of diverse voices come together.

"The selection is both carefully determined and we hope surprising, working with artists we know well and with others who we have only recently discovered.

"Actions, taking its cue from Gabo, seeks to reassert the potential of art as a potent force in a troubled world."

Works by 38 artists will feature, including nine new commissions by Rana Begum, Jeremy Deller, eL Seed, Idris Khan, Issam Kourbaj, Harold Offeh, Melanie Manchot, Cornelia Parker and Caroline Walker.

‘Actions. The image of the world can be different’ is showing at Kettle's Yard, from 10th February - 6th May 2018.


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