Walid Siti was born in 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 the UK in 1984 where he now lives and works.
The work of Walid Siti traverses a complex terrain of memory and loss, while at the same time of- fering an acute insight into a world, which for him has been a place of constant change. The nar- rative 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.
Siti’s work has been exhibited internationally, at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, at the Imperial war Museum, London, at Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, at the Sharjah Biennial, and three times at the Venice Biennale. Yinchuan Contemporary Art Museum, China(MOCA),“Systems and Patterns”, International Centre of Graphics, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Bruges Triennial, Belgium.
His work is included the public collection ofThe Metropolitan Museum, New York. Museum of contemporary Art, Krakow. Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah. 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.Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE.