Curated by Vicky Richardson for her new agency Inter, Right to Climb is an installation by Kurdish-Iraqi Walid Siti (b.1954) that expresses the irrepressible spirit of art and its importance in the public realm. Siti’s twisting tower emerges from the facade of a former railway building in Camden Town. Its underlying geometry breaks down as the structure grows towards the sky.
Right to Climb is inspired by the Malwiya, the Minaret of the Great Mosque of Samarra north of Baghdad. It draws on the artist’s memories of natural and manmade structures in Iraq, as well as Modernist icons such as Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, which was unveiled 100 years ago.
Walid Siti has lived and worked in London since 1984 when he came to the UK as a refugee. He has exhibited all over the world and his work is held by many collections worldwide, including the British Museum, V&A Museum and Metropolitan Museum.
The installation can be enjoyed from the outside of 31 Oval Road. A recording of a short introduction by Walid Siti at the opening can be seen @inter_national_projects
EVENT: 18.00, Thursday 2 December
Walid Siti in conversation with Vicky Richardson and George Sheehan hosted by London School of Architecture. Book a place here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/right-to-climb-walid-siti-vicky-richardson-talk-tickets-129321388755
For further information about Right to Climb go to https://www.31ovalroad.co.uk/righttoclimb