Join artist Emii Alrai from her Leeds studio, in conversation with Eastside Project’s director Ruth Claxton at this online event. You can expect to hear about the materials, processes and histories Emii uses in her work as well as the ideas she is developing for her forthcoming exhibition at Eastside Projects in February 2022.
Studio Visits offer an informal opportunity to gain an insight into the working practices of artists and an early introduction to work you will be able to see in the gallery in the future. Listen, watch and ask questions as artists talk about ideas they are developing, what they are making and how they are making it.
Emii Alrai is an artist based in Leeds. Alrai’s practice is informed by inherited nostalgia, geographical identity and post-colonial museum practices of collecting and displaying objects. Focusing on the ancient mythologies from the Middle East alongside personal oral histories of Iraq, Alrai weaves together narratives by forging artefacts and visualising residues of cultural collision. Drawing references from objects in museum collections, ancient writing from the Middle East and cultural memories, her work questions the value and origins of artefacts, as well as navigating the experience of diaspora. She is currently part of the Yorkshire Sculpture International Sculpture Network and was selected for the 2019 Arab British Centre Making Marks Project in Kuwait. Recent exhibitions include: The Tetley, Leeds, UK (2020); VITRINE, London (2019), Two Queens, Leicester, UK (2019); GLOAM, Sheffield,UK (2018).
She studied her BA in Fine Art and an MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at The University of Leeds. Alrai is currently undertaking Triangle Asterides Residency, Marseille, and was selected for the 2019 Arab British Centre Making Marks Project in Kuwait and the 2018 Tetley Artist Associate Programme. Recent group and solo exhibitions include: The Tetley, Leeds, UK (2020); VITRINE, London (2019), Fallow, Rectory Projects (2019), Two Queens, Leicester, UK (2019); GLOAM, Sheffield, UK (2018); (2018); Caustic Casual, Salford, UK (2017); Hutt Collective, Nottingham, UK (2017).