WALID SITIEnglish / Iraqi b. 1954

WALID SITIEnglish / Iraqi b. 1954

Walid Siti was born in 1954, in the city of Duhok, in Iraqi-Kurdistan. After graduating in 1976 from the Institute of Fine arts in Baghdad, Siti left Iraq to continue his arts education in Ljubljana, Slovenia before seeking political asylum in 1984 in the United Kingdom where he lives and works. Formerly trained in printmaking, Siti works extensively in a variety of mediums including, installation, 3D works, work on paper and painting. The work of Walid Siti traverses a complex terrain of memory and loss, while at the same time offering an acute insight into a world, which for him has been a place of constant change. The narrative of Siti’s experience, of a life lived far from but still deeply emotionally connected to the place of one’s birth, is one he shares with many exiles. Siti takes inspiration from the cultural heritage of his native land that is crisscrossed with militarized borders and waves of migration. The artist has confirmed that his work “increasingly considers the tensions between collective identity, interdependence and its constraints on the individual through considerations of heritage, tradition, homes, borders, mobility and migration. These themes have had an imprint on my outlook, and contributed to shape my art and life.”

Collections include The Metropolitan Museum, New York, The British Museum, London, The Imperial War Museum, London, The National Gallery of Amman, Jordan, The World Bank, Washington, DC, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The Iraq Memory Foundation, Art for American Embassy program, USA and the Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE.