Vali Mahlouji is a London-based curator and independent advisor to the British Museum. Mahlouji’s recent work includes exhibitions at Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo, Whitechapel Gallery, Photo London, Prince Claus Fund, Singapore International Festival of Arts, Art Dubai Modern, Bergen Triennial and Open Eye Gallery.
Mahlouji is founder of the curatorial think tank Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD), a non-profit organisation, which researches histories of nations condemned by social displacement, cultural annihilation or deliberate disappearance. AOTFD engages with accounts of culture, which have been lost through material destruction, acts of censorship, political, economic or human contingencies. The research identifies, investigates and re-circulates significant cultural and artistic materials that have remained obscure, under-exposed, endangered, banned or in some instances destroyed. AOTFD materials have been acquired by Tate Modern, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Smithsonian Institute and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Tate Modern is dedicating a room to exhibiting the AOTFD project Recreating the Citadel from July 2017.
Upcoming projects include A Utopian Stage at Dhaka Arts Summit 2018.
Mahlouji has been published by various institutions, including, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Photo London, Encyclopædia Iranica, Columbia University, Asia Society Museum New York, The Abraaj Group Art Prize,Dubai; Darat al Funun, Amman; and Sharjah Biennial; City University New York.
His upcoming titles Prostitute 1975-77 and Perspectives on the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis are due in 2017.