On June 12, 2015, a giant art installation called "Thinking of You" transformed Pristina's soccer stadium into a tribute for the estimated 20,000 survivors of sexual violence during the 1998-99 war with Serbia.
Women and men from all over Kosovo, the U.K., Albania, and the U.S. donated skirts and dresses to support the installation and to help raise awareness of sexual violence during the 1998-99 Kosovo war. Pristina, Kosovo.
June 12, 2015 also marked the 16th anniversary that Kosovo’s capital was liberated by NATO.
Kosovo-born artist and British national Alketa Xhafa-Mripa hung over 5,000 skirts and dresses on washing lines in the stadium. Pristina, Kosovo.
The Palace of Youth and Sports serves as a backdrop for the “Thinking of You” art installation. Pristina, Kosovo.
View from the top of the soccer stadium. Pristina, Kosovo.
Kosovo’s president Atifete Jahjaga, visited the installation to hang dresses. The president is a strong supporter of removing the stigma associated with rape and sexual violence and is a sponsor of the installation. She also recently set up and heads The National Council for the Survivors of Sexual Violence during the War in her office. Pristina, Kosovo.
A visitor walks through the rows of dresses and skirts. Pristina, Kosovo.
Alketa Xhafa-Mripa received clothing donations from all around Kosovo, the U.S, and the U.K, including including Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair and Rita Ora. Pristina, Kosovo.
The art installation was on display for only one day. Pristina, Kosovo.
This is the first time in Kosovo that such an event has taken place to break the silence of victims of sexual violence. Pristina, Kosovo.