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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

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EMII ALRAI

Born in 1993 in Blackpool (UK). Lives and works in Leeds (UK).
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Emii 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.

Emii Alrai 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).

Emii Alrai receives support from Fluxus Art Projects in the development of her project Capture commissioned for the editorial platformBRUISE; to be released in Spring 2021.


Emii Alrai, An Ancient Quiver, GLOAM Gallery, Sheffield, 2018. Photographs taken by James Clarkson.


Emii Alrai, House of Teeming Cattle, Two Queens, Leicester, 2019. Photographs taken by Jules Lister.


Emii Alrai, The High Dam, The Tetley, Leeds, 2020. Photographs taken by Jules Lister.


Emii Alrai, The High Dam, The Tetley, Leeds, 2020. Photographs taken by Jules Lister.