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Emii Alrai

Emii Alrai is an artist and sometimes writer whose work spans material investigation in relation to memory, critique of the western museological structure and the complexity of ruins. Working primarily in sculpture and installation, Alrai's work operates as large-scale realms built in relation to bodies of research which start with archaeology and the natural environments objects are excavated from. Weaving in social memory, oral histories, inherited nostalgia and the details of language, the practice questions the rigidity of Empire, the power of hierarchy and interpolates the static presence of history.

Recent exhibitions include Reverse Defense, Workplace Foundation (Newcastle) A Core of Scar, Future Collect Commission, The Hepworth Wakefield & iniva (Wakefield) The Courtship of Giants, Eastside Projects (Birmingham) and breathe, spirit and life 呼吸, 靈魂與生命, curated by Katherine Ka Yi Liu, The Bluecoat (Liverpool).