Alketa Xhafa-Mripa's art installation of 5,000 skirts and dresses stretched on clotheslines across a football pitch in Kosovo's capital Pristina. Alketa is a Kosovo-born British artist whose work often deals with sexual violence.

Alketa Xhafa-Mripa’s art installation of 5,000 skirts and dresses stretched on clotheslines across a football pitch in Kosovo’s capital Pristina. Alketa is a Kosovo-born British artist whose work often deals with sexual violence.

An art installation that seeks to heighten awareness of the plight of Albanian war rape victims and help many of them break the silence they kept for over 15 years since the end of Kosovo’s 1998-99 war, was held in Kosovo’s capital two days ago. Alketa Xhafa-Mripa’s art installation of 5,000 skirts and dresses stretched on clotheslines across a football pitch in Kosovo’s capital Pristina.

The dresses were donated in response to a call by Alketa Xhafa-Mripa, a Kosovo-born British artist whose work often deals with sexual violence.

Thousands of women were raped during Kosovo’s war with Serbia, the overwhelming majority of them ethnic Albanian. Exact figures are not recorded as the issue is often suppressed in Kosovo’s patriarchal society.

This art installation that lasted only one day, on 12  June 2015, that marks the 16th anniversary of NATO’s arrival in Kosovo after Serb forces carried out a brutal campaign of ethnic cleansing. Rights organizations estimate that up to 20,000 women were raped during the conflict. An overwhelming majority of the women kept silent about their experiences, fearing public shame and stigmatization.

This touching exhibition of 5000 dresses attracted loads of media attention as you can see from the links below.

The Guardian, by Mark Tran, Thursday 11 June 2015 00.01 BST
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/11/kosovo-sexual-violence-survivors-art-dresses

Quartz by Hanna Kozlowska, 11 June 2015
http://qz.com/424919/5000-dresses-in-a-soccer-stadium-help-kosovo-talk-about-wartime-rape/

AP Images June 11, 2015 07:29:10 AM (Visar Kryeziu)
http://www.apimages.com/metadata/Index/APTOPIX-Kosovo-Art-Installation-/d5a78911a752499a804f326671ac949c/3/0

BT.com 11 June 2015, 11:30 BST
http://home.bt.com/news/news-extra/why-are-thousands-of-skirts-being-hung-across-a-kosovo-football-pitch-11363986159708

The Washington Post, 12 June 2015, (by Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/kosovo-art-installation-seeks-to-support-war-rape-victims/2015/06/12/458df9d0-10e8-11e5-a0fe-dccfea4653ee_story.html

The New York Times, JUNE 12, 2015, 7:38 A.M. E.D.T.(by Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/06/12/world/europe/ap-eu-kosovo-wartime-rape.html

StarTribune, 12 June 6.50am, (by Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.startribune.com/kosovo-art-installation-seeks-to-support-war-rape-victims/307096021/

Al Arabiya News, 12 June 2015
http://english.alarabiya.net/en/life-style/art-and-culture/2015/06/12/Stadium-of-skirts-targets-stigma-attached-to-victims-of-wartime-rape.html

The Peninsula, June 13 12 am
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/international/343487/kosovo-artist-s-work-to-condemn-rights-violations

Euronews, 13.06.2015, 12.04pm
http://www.euronews.com/nocomment/2015/06/13/powerful-showcase-to-highlight-wartime-sexual-violence-in-kosovo/

Northwest Ga News, June 13, 12am
http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/associated_press/news/national/kosovo-art-installation-of-dresses-supports-war-rape-victims/article_50f40e90-1124-11e5-99cd-6316ef078a6c.html

Quartz, 12 June 2015
http://qz.com/426938/photos-the-5000-dresses-that-remind-kosovo-of-its-wartime-rape/

Dawn, 13 June 2015, (By Fatos Bytyci, Reuters)
http://www.dawn.com/news/1187868/stadium-of-skirts-and-dresses-in-kosovo

Yahoo News, June 12, 11:49am
http://news.yahoo.com/dresses-line-pitch-kosovo-stadium-condemn-war-rapes-154902056.html

Sioux City Journal, 12 June 2015, 6.44am
http://siouxcityjournal.com/entertainment/kosovo-art-installation-of-dresses-supports-war-rape-victims/article_e2708c51-6723-57ac-913d-cbda11ae9e9d.html

Daily Mail, 12 June, 20:22, (by Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3121978/Dresses-donated-Rita-Ora-hang-5-000-outfits-pegged-washing-lines-powerful-art-exhibition-home-country-Kosovo-condemning-rape-women-Balkan-War.html

Euronews. 12 June 20:46
http://www.euronews.com/2015/06/12/kosovo-exhibition-of-dresses-and-skirts-in-pristina-to-remember-women-who/

WRAL 12 June 2015 7:48am, (by Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.wral.com/kosovo-art-installation-of-dresses-supports-war-rape-victims/14707232/

Ukraine Today 12 June. 21:00
http://uatoday.tv/entertainment/stadium-of-skirts-targets-stigma-attached-to-victims-of-war-rape-438227.html

Newstimes.com 12 June 2015, 9.30am
http://www.newstimes.com/news/crime/article/Kosovo-art-installation-seeks-to-support-war-rape-6323023.php

The Daily Star, 12 June, 1:06pm
https://www.dailystar.com.lb/Arts-and-Ent/Culture/2015/Jun-12/301780-kosovo-art-installation-seeks-to-support-war-rape-victims.ashx

Global Post, June 12 4:10pm, Agence France-Presse
http://www.globalpost.com/article/6580010/2015/06/12/dresses-line-pitch-kosovo-stadium-condemn-war-rapes

Voice of America, 12 June 2015 6:50am, (by Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.voanews.com/content/ap-kosovo-art-installation-dresses-supports-war-rape-victims/2820255.html

Star Tribune, 12 June 2015 6:50am, (by Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.startribune.com/kosovo-art-installation-seeks-to-support-war-rape-victims/307096021/

The Tribune, 12 June 2015, (by Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2015/06/12/3676164_kosovo-art-installation-seeks.html

Reuters, 12 June 2015, 11:36am (By Fatos Bytyci, Reuters)
http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/12/us-kosovo-rape-exhibition-idUSKBN0OS1KB20150612

Daily Mail June 12 14:51 (By Fatos Bytyci)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3121610/Stadium-skirts-targets-stigma-attached-victims-wartime-rape.html

Kentucky.com, 12 June 2015. (Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.kentucky.com/2015/06/12/3896873_kosovo-art-installation-seeks.html

SunHerald, 12 June 2015, (by Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.sunherald.com/2015/06/12/6273193/kosovo-art-installation-seeks.html

NWI Times, 12 June 2015, 6.44am, by Nebi Qena
http://www.nwitimes.com/entertainment/kosovo-art-installation-of-dresses-supports-war-rape-victims/article_44931c1b-538e-527f-9c1d-056ba1b0fc4a.html

Miami Herald, 12 June 2015, by Nebi Qena
http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article23827825.html

Centre Daily Times, 12 June 2015, by Nebi Qena
http://www.centredaily.com/2015/06/12/4790531_kosovo-art-installation-seeks.html

ABC News, 12 June 2015, 7:45 AM, by Nebi Qena
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/kosovo-art-installation-seeks-support-war-rape-victims-31713583

Mail Online, 12:46, 12 June 2015, by Nebi Qena
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/ap/article-3121255/Kosovo-art-installation-seeks-support-war-rape-victims.html

Townhall.com, 12 June 2015, by Nebi Qena
http://townhall.com/news/world/2015/06/12/kosovo-art-installation-seeks-to-support-war-rape-victims-n2011649

Pinkblog.it sabato 13 giugno 2015
http://www.pinkblog.it/post/311250/kosovo-thinking-of-you-violenza-sessuale-donne-installazione-artistica-alketa-xhafa-mripa

ilpost.it  12 giugno 2015
http://www.ilpost.it/2015/06/12/installazione-pristina-stupri-kosovo

Panorama, 12 giugno 2015
http://www.panorama.it/foto/kosovo-pristina-stupri-guerra-installazione

La Repubblica, 12 giugno 2015
http://www.repubblica.it/esteri/2015/06/12/foto/kosovo_5_000_panni_stesi_per_ricordare_le_donne_stuprate_in_guerra-116688158

Times of India, 12 June 2015
http://photogallery.indiatimes.com/news/events/picture-package-of-the-day/articleshow/47655544.cms

Columbia Daily Tribune, 14 June 12am, (by Nebi Qena, Associated Press)
http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/perspectives/kosovo-art-installation-of-dresses-supports-war-rape-victims/article_43948b51-49c3-549b-8fbb-bebfb0af7b47.html

Mashable, 14 June 3am, (BY JOHNNY SIMON)
http://mashable.com/2015/06/13/kosovo-sexual-violence-art-installation/