Vali Mahlouji is a London-based curator, founder of Archaeology of the Final Decade, independent advisor to the British Museum and director of Kaveh Golestan Estate. 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, Open Eye Gallery and Dhaka Art Summit 2018.
Founded in 2010, Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD) is a non-profit curatorial and educational platform, 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 has dedicated a room in its permanent collection – a first for an Iranian artist – for exhibiting materials from Vali Mahlouji’s project Recreating the Citadel alongside Kaveh Golestan’s Prostitute series from August 2017. AOTFD’s A Utopian Stage at Whitechapel Gallery was nominated for Best Exhibition (Alternative) 2015 by the Global Fine Arts Awards.
Mahlouji has been published by various institutions, including Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Guggenheim Museum; 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; Sharjah Biennial; and City University New York.
Recent talks and lectures by Vali Mahlouji have taken place at Stanford University; Aalto University, Helsinki; Yale University; Goldsmiths University; City & Guilds School of Art; Bergen Assembly; Asia Society, New York; Iran Heritage Foundation; Kultuforum, Berlin; Whitechapel Gallery; British Film Institute, among others.
His upcoming titles Prostitute 1975-77 and Perspectives on the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis are due for publication in 2018.