Vali Mahlouji is a London-based curator, writer and currently independent curatorial adviser to the British Museum on its modern and contemporary Iranian collection. His recent curatorial work includes exhibitions at Foam Fotographiemuseum Amsterdam (Kaveh Golestan – The Citadel); Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome (co-curator Unedited History: Iran 1960–2014); Photo London, Somerset House (Prostitute 1975-77); Whitechapel Gallery (The Utopian Stage); Bergen Assembly (A Utopian Stage)
Recent publications have appeared in Encyclopædia Iranica; Asia Society Museum; Abraaj Group Art Prize; Darat al Funun; Sharjah Biennial; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Delfina Foundation; the London Middle East Institute; City University of New York; The Guardian. His book, Perspectives on the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis is due in 2016.
His theatrical playscript translations have been staged by the Royal Court Theatre, the Barbican Centre, Théâtre de la Bastille, La Colline, Paris, and Dublin Theatre Festival, and broadcast by the BBC.
He is the founder of Archæology of the Final Decade, an ongoing research, curatorial and educational think tank set up in 2010, which identifies, investigates and re-circulates significant cultural and artistic materials that have remained obscure, under-exposed, endangered, or in some instances destroyed. The retracing and reintegration of these materials into cultural memory and discourse, counteracts the damages of censorship and systemic erasures, and fills in gaps in history and art history. The first phase of this research has produced to exhibitions shown at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, MAXXI, entitled, Restaging the Contested Space of the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967–77) Recreating Shahr-e No which centres around Kaveh Golestan’s photographs entitled Prostitutes (1975–77).