Curatorial

UPCOMING Exhibitions

Epic Iran
Victoria & Albert Museum
London | 29 May – 12 September 2021
Organised by the V&A with the Iran Heritage Foundation in association with The Sarikhani Collection

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CURRENT Exhibitions

A Story for the Future. MAXXI’s First Decade. Photo by Musacchio, courtesy Fondazione MAXXI

A Story for the Future. MAXXI’s First Decade
MAXXI Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo
Rome | 17 February – 29 August 2021
Curated by Hou Hanru with curatorial and research MAXXI team

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Past Exhibitions (Archive)

Installation view, Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, South Korea 2020 © Asia Culture Centre. Courtesy Archaeology of the Final Decade.

A Cultural Atlas: The Shifting Sands of Utopias (as artist)
Asia Culture Centre
Gwangju | 13 May – 25 October 2020
Curated as part of the Solidarity Spores exhibition, co-curated by Bojana Piškur; Vali Mahlouji / Archaeology of the Final Decade; Seonghee Kim; Sulki and Min / Tetsuya Goto; Dongjin Seo; and Sungwon Kim

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Installation view, Asia Culture Centre, Gwangju, South Korea 2020 © Asia Culture Centre. Courtesy Archaeology of the Final Decade.

A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77)
Asia Culture Centre

Gwangju | 13 May – 25 October 2020
Curated as part of the Solidarity Spores exhibition, co-curated by Bojana Piškur; Vali Mahlouji / Archaeology of the Final Decade; Seonghee Kim; Sulki and Min / Tetsuya Goto; Dongjin Seo; and Sungwon Kim

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Recreating the Citadel (as artist)
Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance – Act 3
Arnolfini
Bristol | 14 September – 15 December 2019
Curated by Irene Aristizábal, Rosie Cooper and Cédric Fauq
The Recreating the Citadel research-artwork is an exposé of the erased history of Shahr-e No, the red light ghetto of Tehran, circa 1920-1980, in the context of the cultural revolution and Islamisation of post-revolutionary Iran. Still I Rise is a timely exhibition focusing on the his/her story of resistance movements and alternative forms of living from a gendered perspective.


Baalbek, Archives of an Eternity
Sursock Museum
Beirut | 28 June – 22 September 2019
The exhibition reconstructs an in-depth and complex network of histories and readings associated with Baalbek (Lebanon) across the span of its enigmatic and emblematic 10,000 year history, encompassing its pre-historic origins, its associated mythologies and functions, modern national and political agendas, and its contemporary reality through ten chapters: 
10,000 years: From Earliest Settlements to the Present; Through the Sources; A European-Organised Spectacle; Archaeologies of Origins and Imperial Aspirations; Photogeneity; From Image to National Monument – Rise of Lebanese Baalbek; Popular Imagination; Baalbek International Festival – Lebanon’s Mission Civilisatrice; Modern City; Citizens.

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A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77)
SAVVY Contemporary
Berlin | 24 March – 28 April 2019
An exhibition in three acts: Act I: The Shifting Sands of Utopias: A Cultural AtlasAct II: Shiraz-Persepolis: The Excavated Archives; Act III: Invocations


A Cultural Atlas: The Shifting Sands of Utopias (as artist)
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Moscow | 8 March 26 May 2019
Exhibited in conjunction with the exhibition Rasheed Areen. A Retrospective.
The Shifting Sands of Utopias – A Cultural Atlas is a panorama of the intellectual history of the twentieth century. It reflects utopian and emancipatory intellectual artistic, political, ethical, and spiritual international networks, revisiting the intersection of modernism, art and revolution through radical aspirations of the twentieth century.


Recreating the Citadel
Rohtas 2 Gallery in collaboration with Lahore Literary Festival 2019
Lahore | 21 February – 12 March 2019
The research-artwork is an exposé of the erased history of Shahr-e No, the red light ghetto of Tehran, circa 1920-1980, in the context of the cultural revolution and Islamisation of post-revolutionary Iran.


Recreating the Citadel (as artist)
Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance – Act 2
de la Warr Pavilion
Bexhill-on-Sea | 9 February – 27 May 2019
Curated by Irene Aristizábal, Rosie Cooper and Cédric Fauq
The Recreating the Citadel research-artwork is an exposé of the erased history of Shahr-e No, the red light ghetto of Tehran, circa 1920-1980, in the context of the cultural revolution and Islamisation of post-revolutionary Iran.


Recreating the Citadel (as artist)
Hydra School Project
Hydra | June – September 2018


Recreating the Citadel (as artist)
Art Montecarlo, Contemporary Iran
Montecarlo | 27 29 April 2018


A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77)
Dhaka Art Summit ’18
Dhaka | 2 10 February 2018

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A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77) – a video installation
Open Eye Gallery
Liverpool | 1 February 2017 – 30 June 2017


I know why the rebel sings
Ab-Anbar Gallery
Tehran | 21 April – 23 June 2017
Artist: Newsha Tavakolian


A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77)
Bergen Assembly, Biennial Foundation
Bergen | 1 September – 2 October 2016


I know why the rebel sings
Singapore International Festival of Arts
Singapore | 23 June – 9 July 2016
Artist: Newsha Tavakolian


I know why the rebel sings
Prince Claus Principle Laureate Exhibition, Prince Claus Fund
Amsterdam | 30 November 2015 – 4 April 2016
Artist: Newsha Tavakolian

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Kaveh Golestan: Prostitute 1975-77
Photo London 2015
London | 21 – 24 May 2015
Artist: Kaveh Golestan

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An Archaeology of the Final Decade Project: Az Div o Dad – Fantastical Polaroids of Kaveh Golestan
Art Modern Dubai
Dubai | 18 – 21 March 2015
Artist: Kaveh Golestan


the story, like all stories is incomplete
Taymour Grahne Gallery
New York | 10 January – 20 February 2015
Artist: Rania Bellou


Kaveh Golestan: The Citadel
Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam
Amsterdam | 21 March – 4 May 2014
Artist: Kaveh Golestan

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