Alketa Xhafa Mripa’s ‘Refugees Welcome’ mobile installation at University of York

Saturday 17th June 2017 - Saturday 17th June 2017
9.00AM- 17.00PM

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Artist Alketa Xhafa Mripa will be presenting her dynamic installation Refugees Welcome as part of York University’s festival York Festival of Ideas welcoming members of the public into the back of her Luton tail lift van to share personal narratives and experiences on the theme of welcome.

Alketa, who is originally from Kosovo, re-engages with her personal experience of being warmly welcomed on her arrival to the UK, which she hopes will facilitate reflections on the reception of refugees today. By creating a parallel between ‘then’ and ‘now’, she hopes to challenge and redefine what it means to be living in a multi-cultural society – a question more topical than ever.

Refugees Welcome is commissioned by Counterpoints Arts and following a successful debut at the British Museum as part of Refugee Week 2016, has just been showcased as part of the ‘Who Are We?’ six-day cross-platform initiative at the Tate Exchange (16-19th March 2017) that hosted a range of artists and installations exploring notions of identity, belonging, citizenship, solidarity, and migration.

Refugees Welcome is currently touring different locations across the UK. If you are interested in bringing this project to your area please contact

Refugees Welcome by Alketa Xhafa Mripa from Counterpoints Arts on Vimeo.