Excursion to Gordale Scar (Yorkshire Dales National Park) starting from Leeds.
Thursday 14th July 2022
10:00 – 18:00
We will be providing transport from Leeds to the National Park and will make some funds available for those based outside of Leeds who would like to attend. More information on the day’s plan and the access provisions in place will be released closer to time. Please subscribe to iniva’s newsletter to receive updates from the project.
A key part of Emii Alrai’s research and work on her Future Collect commission A Core of Scar has been exploring landscapes across the United Kingdom, having travelled from the Northlands in Scotland to Land’s End on the Cornish coast. For Emii’s second study day we will take an excursion to the Gordale Scar, a hidden gorge in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and a key research site in Emii’s work towards her commission.
As we approach the scar, we will discuss the links between body and landscape and consider the histories written into different terrains. By engaging in conversations with the landscape, we will explore the links and parallels between land/body and human/body, thinking to their shared histories, ruptures, and shifting narratives. What does it mean to reclaim representation in the landscape and how can we create space for diasporic bodies in our relationship with the land?
We will be joined by Emii as well as other artists and thinkers who will lead us through a collective reflection and conversation as we move through the landscape. A final programme of the day will be published closer to time.
Artist’s bio: Emii Alrai (b.1993, Blackpool) is an artist based in Leeds. Her practice is informed by inherited nostalgia, geographical identity, and post-colonial museum practices of collecting and displaying objects. Focusing on ancient mythologies from the Middle East alongside personal oral histories of Iraq, she weaves together narratives by forging artefacts and visualising residues of cultural collision. Alrai creates monumentally-scaled installations which play on museological displays and dioramas. She draws attention to the clash between the polished aesthetics of imperial museums and the states of ruin which befall archaeological artefacts and their landscapes of excavation. Alrai’s art often contains elements which appear broken or unfinished. In this, they point towards moments of rupture and of diasporic separation from homeland. Their incompleteness asks the viewer to imagine archaeological sites as spaces of active memory.
Future Collect is generously supported by Art Fund, Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Image credits: Image taken by Emii Alrai on a trip to the Gordale Scar, 2022. Courtesy of the Artist.