Born in 1954, Duhok (a city in Iraqi Kurdistan), Iraq, Walid Siti graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1976, then left Iraq to continue his artistic education in Ljubljana, Slovenia and in 1984 sought political asylum in the United Kingdom, where he now lives and works.
Siti’s work has been exhibited internationally, inter alia at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Imperial War Museum, London; Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris; Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates, where he was awarded a prize; Venice Biennale (2009, 2011, 2015); Yinchuan Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), China; the International Centre of Graphics, Ljubljana (exhibition “Systems and Patterns”); and the Bruges Triennial, Belgium.
Siti works in a variety of media, including installation, 3D works, video, artwork on paper, and painting. His works traverses a complex terrain of memory and loss, simultaneously presenting an acute insight into the world which is for him a place of constant change. The artist shares the story of his experiences, of a life lived far from, but deeply emotionally connected to the place of one’s birth, with many other exiles. He draws inspiration from the cultural heritage of his native land, crisscrossed with militarized borders and waves of migration. In his work Siti examines the tensions between collective identity, interdependence, and the constraints placed on the individual by their heritage, tradition, homes, borders, mobility and migration.
His work is featured in notable international collections such as the Metropolitan Museum, New York; The British Museum, London; Imperial War Museum, London; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah; The National Gallery of Amman, Jordan; The World Bank, Washington, D.C.; Iraq Memory Foundation, Art for American Embassy program, USA; MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland; and Barjeel Art Foundation in Sharjah.
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland from the Culture Promotion Fund drawn from fees charged in games under state monopoly, as stipulated in Article 80, section 1 of the Gambling Games Act of the 19th of November 2009