Walid Siti
Born in Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan, 1954. Lives and works in the UK. After graduating in 1976 from the Institute of Fine arts in Baghdad, Siti left Iraq to continue his arts education in Ljubljana, Slovenia, before settling in 1984 in the United Kingdom. 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. Selected Group Exhibitions include Sharjah Biennale 13 (2017), Venice Biennale (2015, 2011, 2009), Edge of Arabia, London (2015), Triennial of Bruges (2015), ArtBat Fest 6, Almaty, Kazakhstan (2015), MOCA, Yinchuan, China (2015), Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, Qatar, (2013), International Centre of Graphics, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2012), British Museum, London (2012), Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum, Berlin, (2011). walidsiti.com Image courtesy of the artist.