Join Emii Alrai and E.K. Myerson to discuss their collaboration and the themes of the current exhibition Anchorless Bodies: Navigating Arabic in Medieval Manuscripts. Expect discussion of ancient rot, museum practices, excavation, disintegration and the 2012 London Olympics Opening Ceremony.

Prior to the event, those registered for the event are invited to view the exhibition free of charge between 16:00–18:00.

Followed by drinks reception.

Emii Alrai is an artist working primarily in sculpture and installation, whose works interrogate memory, museological structures and the complexity of ruins. Solo shows include Drinkers of the Wind, Time Horizons, Into Nature Biennial (Netherlands, 2023), A Core of Scar, The Hepworth Wakefield (Wakefield, 2022), and Passing of the Lilies, Jerwood Arts (London, 2021). She is the recipient of the 2024 Guardian Sculpture in the City public sculpture commission.

E.K. Myerson is the Parker Library Early-Career Research Fellow. Her research practice is multimedia: her collaborative essay-film, ‘submerged reliquary of a Kentish saint’, made with artist Sophie Mei Birkin and cinematographer Bartek Dziadosz, was screened at the Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (2022), and her first book, The Desire for ‘Syria in Medieval England’ is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.