Biography

Vali Mahlouji is a curator, advisor to the British Museum, director of Kaveh Golestan Estate, and founder of Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD). Since 2010, the non-profit curatorial platform AOTFD has focused on recovering erased histories. It has excavated and recirculated artists, artworks and accounts of culture, which had otherwise remained obscure, were subjected to censorship, lost, banned, endangered or deliberately destroyed. AOTFD has placed artworks in international collections including: Tate Modern, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, British Museum, Smithsonian Institute and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Mahlouji’s recent curatorial work includes exhibitions at

  • SAVVY Contemporary | Berlin
  • Sursock Museum | Beirut
  • Dhaka Art Summit ’18
  • Whitechapel Gallery | London
  • Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
  • MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo | Rome
  • Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
  • Bergen Triennial
  • Photo London 2015
  • Prince Claus Fund | Amsterdam
  • Singapore International Festival of Arts
  • Art Dubai Modern
  • Open Eye Gallery | Liverpool

AOTFD’s work produced the first room dedicated to an Iranian artist at Tate Modern (2017-18) and its exhibition A Utopian Stage at Whitechapel Gallery (2015) received the Global Fine Arts Awards’ nomination for Best Exhibition (Alternative category).

Mahlouji’s research and artworks have been exhibited at

  • Tate Modern | London
  • Garage Museum of Contemporary Art | Moscow
  • Arnolfini | Bristol
  • de la Warr Pavilion | Bexhill-on-Sea

Mahlouji is a frequent lecturer at international institutions including, Stanford University, Yale University, Aalto University, Goldsmiths University of London and Kultuforum Berlin.

He has been published by various institutions, including the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Asia Society Museum New York and Yale University Press.

His upcoming title A Utopian Stage is to be published by Whitechapel Gallery in 2021.