Walid Siti was born in 1954, in the city of Duhok, Kurdistan-Iraq. 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 now lives and works. Formerly trained in printmaking, Siti works extensively in a variety of mediums including installation, sculpting, drawing and painting.
The work of Walid Siti traverses a complex terrain of memory and loss, while at the same time offers 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.
In his installations, sculptures and drawings Siti shows these forces at work. He uses ready-made objects and materials associated with his heritage and the state of current politics, transforming them in to shapes that evoke a set of metaphors and associations that address the ongoing changes in the Middle East.