Emii Alrai is a first generation British Iraqi artist whose practice is informed by inherited nostalgia, historical identity and post-colonial museum practices of collecting and displaying objects. Through sculpture and installation Alrai weaves together narrative from oral histories and ancient mythologies from the Middle East by forging artefacts and visualising residues of cultural collisions.
Emii Alrai (b. 1993, Blackpool, UK) lives and works in Leeds, UK. She studied her BA in Fine Art and MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at The University of Leeds. Alrai is currently a Yorkshire Sculpture International Engagement Artist and had been awarded a place on the The Tetley Artist Associate Programme 2018. Recent group and solo exhibitions include: Two Queens, Leicester, UK (2019); GLOAM, Sheffield, UK (2018); Ladybeck, Leeds, UK (2017); Caustic Casual, Salford, UK (2017); Hutt Collective, Nottingham, UK (2017).