This operatic performance has been devised in collaboration by artists Emii Alrai and Sulaïman Majali, using the sculptural installation Passing of the Lilies (2021).
Passing of the Lilies is Emii Alrai’s commission for Jerwood Solo Presentations 2021. Against a theatrical backdrop, the artists bring together their collective research around lament, collapse, collision, fugitivity and the tomb space.
Emii Alrai uses sculpture and installation to interrogate ideas of inherited nostalgia, geographical identity and post-colonial museum practices of collecting and display. Rooted in her Iraqi heritage, her work draws on museum collections, ancient writing from the Middle East and oral histories to navigate an understanding of displacement and cultural collision.
Sulaïman Majali is an artist and poet who brings into play rupturing, grieving and dreaming as methodologies of disruption. They also practice under the alias 'strange saracen'.
There are two booking slots for this performance, 7pm and 8pm, each performance will last up to 30 minutes.