ALKETA XHAFA MRIPA
Born and raised in Kosovo, Alketa Xhafa Mripa is a London-based multidisciplinary and conceptual artist. Since moving to London in 1997 to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, she has exhibited her multi-faceted work across Europe, including Germany, France, UK, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Sweden, Albania, Luxemburg, and her native Kosovo, where she gained wider recognition for her art installation 'Thinking of You' in 2015.
Alketa is an artist affiliate at The Willow Institute at St Mary's University in London, and continues to work on art projects that fight for equality, justice, and difference.
As an artist, my work delves into personal and universal themes that span motherhood, women, gender relations, memory, and the body. I utilise various artistic mediums, including films, installations, paintings, and photography, to create pieces that draw from both personal and collective experiences. I draw inspiration from the challenges that others face, and I endeavour to approach these themes from a personal and introspective point of view.
As a woman and artist, I am committed to creating platforms and collaborations that foster new discourse and challenge oppression and injustice in different communities. My experience as a mother and my feminist values provide me with a unique perspective that allows me to approach women's issues from a broad standpoint. I am especially passionate about supporting vulnerable communities of women, such as survivors of sexual violence and wartime rape, who continue to experience social stigmas. To me, collaboration and participation are essential aspects of my work, and involving others in the creative process brings an added level of passion to my art.
I hail from Kosovo and moved to London in 1997 to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. During the Kosovo War of 1998-1999, I became a refugee. Currently, I live and work in London, collaborating on art projects throughout Europe and beyond.
It is important to note that some of the themes I explore in my work, such as sexual violence and wartime rape, can be sensitive and potentially triggering for vulnerable communities. As such, I take great care to approach these subjects with sensitivity and tact, and I work closely with organisations and individuals who can provide support to those who may be affected by my art.