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Nak Bejjen

© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Tate

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Nak Bejjen is a photograph from Khadija Saye’s series Dwelling: in this space we breathe 2017. Originally numbering somewhere between twenty and thirty wet plate collodion tintype photographs, only six works from the series remain, the large part having been destroyed in a fire in which the artist also lost her life. The works were executed with the assistance of artist Almudena Romero and depict Saye as the subject of a series of portraits in which she enacts invented rituals using sacred objects from her parents’ country of origin, Gambia, whilst clothed in outfits belonging to her mother.


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tintype on metal


H 24.3 x W 19.4 cm

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Presented by Tate Patrons 2019

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