Visit Alketa Xhafa-Mripa for a conversation, and a cup of tea, inside her installation Refugees Welcome.
Alketa Xhafa Mripa’s mobile installation comprises a Luton tail lift van: a potent symbol of the border crossings braved by refugees.
The interior of the van has been revamped with soft furnishings and visuals evoking the ‘British Welcome’. There are vintage armchairs, a rug and a coffee table that holds the offer of ‘Tea with a Refugee’. The back interior wall bears a Union Jack with a neon sign that reads ‘Hope’.
Mripa begins each conversation inside the installation with a memory of how she was welcomed as a very young person, and of what that meant to her and her family.
Born in Kosovo in 1980, Mripa came to London in 1997 and completed her studies at Central Saint Martins. Her artistic practice advocates for women’s liberation and independence, using many forms such as paintings, photography, embroidery, films and installations.
Refugees Welcome is a Counterpoints Arts commissions, presented here in partnership with Southbank Centre.