"The balance of nature, the clash of confrontation is always black and white"
- Walid Siti
EOA.PROJECTS, in collaboration with Rose Issa Projects, is proud to present
RECONSTRUCTION, a major solo exhibition by renowned Kurdish-Iraqi artist Walid
A timely exhibition that comprises new large-scale paintings, works on paper and
installations, expressing Siti’s reaction to the on-going process of transformation and
‘re-construction’ in the Middle East and in particular the artist’s homeland of Iraq;
where a continuous struggle to create, destroy and rebuild defines a deeper and
darker human endeavour to ‘build imaginary mountains’ and reach the top at any
Pyramids, the Ziggurat, metaphorical mountains and ladders, recognised as one of
the most ancient mechanisms for climbing, continue to form essential parts of Siti’s
visual vocabulary. Each of these forms has a powerful symbolic meaning, and their deconstruction in Siti’s work conveys the concept of a shift from their former position
within a historical cultural tradition to a complex contemporary form. The ensuing
transformation from order to disorder and vice versa defines this body of work. RECONSTRUCTION
creates a visual metaphor for dislocation and disorientation, where
new potential has been unleashed in a fragile and troubled landscape that is
witnessing rapid social change and an uncertain future.
Born out of the global success of Edge of Arabia, EOA.Projects (EOA.P) started in 2009
and was established in 2011 as a commercial gallery and artwork production house
dedicated to supporting Middle Eastern artists in building long term, international
careers. EOA.P has since established itself as a leading platform for contemporary art
with a permanent London gallery and an international program focusing on Middle
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Duhok, Kurdistan-Iraq, in 1954. Lives and works in London.
Siti graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad in 1976, and in 1982 from the
Academy of Fine Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia, with a BA and MA in Printmaking. He
moved to London in 1984 and has since focused on painting. He has exhibited
extensively in the UK and internationally, in Slovenia, Poland, Russia, Austria,
Denmark, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Taiwan, and the United Arab Emirates.
Siti’s work is in the public collections of The British Museum, The Imperial War
Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum in London; The National Gallery of Amman,
Jordan; The World Bank and The Iraq Memory Foundation, both in Washington DC;
Barjeel Art Foundation, UAE.
INTERVIEW WITH THE ARTIST
Walid Siti will be in available for interviews from 5 – 13 July 2014. For appointments
and other press enquiries:
Mariam M. Hassan
+44 (0) 20 7350 1336