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Áine O’Brien (above left) and Almir Koldzic (above right). Alketa Xhafa-Mripa and her welcoming van (main image). and to find ways of expanding the body of work to reach wider audiences” Koldzic says. “There’s an element of always facing outwards, and thinking of ourself as an arts organisation that tries to bridge the arts with other sectors – the Refugee Council is still a partner”. To begin with they sought out artists, now they tend to come to them and their office in Hackney, and last year Counterpoint helped more than 200 artists. They work on the principal that helping migrant artists will give a return in enabling the public to have a better informed understanding

“I think that artists are actually asking the critical interesting questions in a way the political scene is not, I think the scene they have stepped into is really interesting” of global migration, “a way of understanding who we all are in relation to each other”. So another artist in the Who Are We? group, Gil Mualem-Doron, has adapted the union flag, which has just “fallen into use”, to include designs

from colonial countries and the various ethnic and national groups that are now part of Britain. The absurdist artist Richard Dedomenici has devised Shed Your Tears in which two people in a booth together confess their fears to each other, in the >> Arts Industry April 2017 9

Profile for Lizzy Willmington

Nation shall speak art unto nation: Arts Industry Magazine April 2017  

Nation shall speak art unto nation: Arts Industry Magazine April 2017