Who Are We?

From: Wed 29 November, 10:00am
To: Wed 10 January, 4:00pm

Venue: Martin Hall Exhibition Space


Exhibition open Mondays-Fridays, 10am - 4pm.

The Who Are We? project examines the multiple crises of identity and belonging in Europe and the UK. It was developed by a consortium comprising Counterpoints Arts, Loughborough University, the Open University and Warwick University for the Tate Exchange programme and was shown at the Tate Modern in March 2017. Who Are We? invites us to reflect on questions of cultural identity, belonging, migration and citizenship through arts and audience participation. It critically interrogates the current rise of nationalism and politics of exclusion and asks: can we through visual arts and performance devise glimpses of another ‘we’?

Who Are We? at Loughborough brings three Who Are We? artists whose work was exhibited at the Tate Modern to Loughborough. Gil Mualem-Doron's New Union Flag (NUF) project reimagines the Union Flag to reflect the changing society in which we live. Alketa Xhafa Mripa's Refugees Welcome transforms the inside of a 1970s decked-out truck into a seemingly welcoming area for individuals to share their own experiences and thoughts on 'welcome'. Laura Sorvala's Outside the Box shows acts of solidarity and kindness that individuals have experienced in their everyday lives and have shared with her via social media. 

Interactive sessions in the exhibition space: 30 November 2017, 1.00-4.30pm

On 30 November between 1-4.30pm Alketa Xhafa Mripa and Laura Sorvala will be in the exhibition space for an exchange with visitors.

‘Fancy a tea with a refugee’ - Alketa Xhafa Mripa asks you to sit down with her for a conversation on migration, Brexit and attitudes to ‘welcome’. Visitors will be ask to leave their thoughts in a comments book which she will use to develop a contemporary dance piece in January 2018.

Laura Sorvala invites you to join her in creating an illustration that collects and draws acts of solidarity and kindness that individuals have experienced in their everyday lives. Tell your story for Laura to draw, or draw something yourself!

CRCC Symposium Nationalism, Migration and the Arts: 1 December 2017, 11am-4.30pm 

The exhibition will be accompanied by a CRCC symposium on Nationalism, Migration and the Arts on 1 December 2017 in Brockington Building, room u006.


Loughborough University Arts

Martin Hall Building

Loughborough University

Loughborough LE11 3TU, UK


01509 222 948