Talks & events (Archive)

Territories of Sex Work
Graduate School Festival, University of Westminster
London | 20 May 2021
In conversation with Camille Waring

Marcos Grigorian: pioneer of Iranian modern art
The British Museum in collaboration with Magic of Persia
London | 9 May 2021
In conversation with Layla S. Diba and Yvette Tajarian, chaired by Venetia Porter.

Demystifying Shiraz-Persepolis
The Courtauld Institute of Art
London | 16 November 2020

Militating Through the Conjured Archive
Charsoo Art and Culture Institute (online)
Tehran | 10 August 2020 / 17 August 2020

Of Cultural Memory from Iran
Lahore Literary Festival online (Facebook live)
London/Lahore | 19 July 2020
in conversation with Naazish Ataullah, artist and former Principal, National College of Arts, Lahore.

The Conjured Archive of a Haunted Space
Advanced Practices, Goldsmiths, University of London
London | 1 June 2020

Recreating the Citadel
Bristol | 12 February 2020
This lecture was part of a collaboration between the Arnolfini and UWE (University of the West of England) and was linked to Recreating the Citadel, which was included in Still I Rise: feminisms, gender, resistance, Act III (14 September – 15 December 2019) at Arnolfini. Part of the series of talks Art in the City.

AOTFD: Exhibition-Making
Exhibition Studies, Central St. Martins, University of the Arts London
London | 15 January 2020

Mitra Tabrizian: Gholam and other stories
The British Museum
London | 3 November 2019
in conversation with Mitra Tabrizian and Ben Okri, introduced by Venetia Porter

The Shifting Sands of Utopias: Global Emancipations and High Modernist Ambitions
MG+ (Museum of Modern Art)
Ljubljana | 28 May 2019
International Conference – ‘The Non-Aligned Contemporaneity?”

A conference on the non-alignment movement; speakers: Fernanda Carvajal , Dóra Hegyi & Eszter Szakács, Tvrtko Jakovina, Joy Mboya, Vali Mahlouji, Vera Mey, Igor Štiks

Glossary of Common Knowledge
+MSUM (Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova)
Ljubljana | 29 – 30 May 2019
Seminar – “Glossary of Common Knowledge” – Geopolitics II

Contributors to the Glossary of Common Knowledge: Bojana Piškur, Jesus Carrillo, Sanja Kuveljic Bandic, Zdenka Badovinac , Maria de los Angeles Berrios, Maria Iñigo Clavo, Anja Chuong-Dai Vo, Jennifer Hayashida, Ida Hiršenfelder, Vladan Joler, Vaii Mahlouji, Miran Mohar, Meriç Öner, Sara Buraya, Isabel Schneider, Jonas Staal, Kuba Szreder, Steven ten Thije.

A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-1977)
MaerzMusik-Festival für Zeitfragen 2019, Berliner Festspiele
Berlin | 24 March 2019
Lecture as part of Tele-Visions: A Critical Media History of New Music on TV 1950s – 1990s. Curated by Berno Odo Polzer.

Persepolis – Iannis Xenakis(1969) (a concert)
MaerzMusik-Festival für Zeitfragen 2019, Berliner Festspiele Betonhalle
Berlin | 22 March – 31 March 2019
Curated by Berno Odo Polzer, sound direction by Daniel Tiege

Archaeologies of Aspirations and Traumas
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art
Moscow | 8 March 2019

Decoding Iran
Lahore Literary Festival 2019
Lahore | 23 February 2019
Discussion of the vibrant youth of Iran and its expressions in activism, art, literature and other realms. Part of the 3-day programme of events for the seventh annual Lahore Literary Festival. Participants: Middle East commentator Afshin Shahi, Iranian artist and curator Vali Mahlouji, and British-Iranian author Kamin Mohammadi. Moderated by Shahrbanou Tadjbakhsh.

A Utopian Stage: Navigating Terrains of Postcolonial Solidarity
Asia Culture Centre
Gwangju | 13-15 December 2018
Conference: ‘Tense Switching: Non-aligned movement, the third worldism and Asian Art’ 
curated by Kim Sungwon, Kim Seong Hee and Seo Dong. Sesson 2 moderated by Dongjin Seo. Speakers: Philippe Pirotte, Bojana Piskur, Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Vali Mahlouji, Jochen Becker, Iola Lenzi.

From Object to Feeling: Archives of Aspirations and Traumas
Para Site’s 2018 International Conference: “What to let go?”
Hong Kong | 24 November 2018
With talks by: Pio Abad, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Riksa Afiaty, Naman Ahuja, Mélanie Bouteloup, Lía Colombino, Éric de Chassey, Natasha Ginwala, Xiaoxuan Lu, Vali Mahlouji, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Marian Pastor Roces, Tina Pang, Pablo José Ramírez, Jalal Toufic, Bo Wang, and Vivian Ziherl. Moderated by: Özge Ersoy and Yeewan Koon. Conceived by: Cosmin Costinas and Inti Guerrero

Mapping Farmanfarmaian’s Significance
Irish Museum of Modern Art
Dublin | 14 November 2018

Kaveh Golestan and Archaeology of the Final Decade
Tate Modern
London | 19 June 2018

Post-Representational Curating: Militating History, Archaeology of the Final Decade
Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham | 7  June 2018

Bahman Mohasses’s Masterwork “The Minotaur Scares the Good People”
London | 21 April 2018
in conversation with Ashkan Baghestani

Who was Bahman Mohasses?
Art Dubai Modern Symposium
Dubai | 22 March 2018

Mixing Media: The Agenda and Authenticity of Popular History
Lahore Literary Festival 2018
Lahore | 25 February 2018
in conversation with Ayesha Jatoi, Mehreen Murtaza and Iftikhar Dadi

Reframing the Picture of Asian Art                                                                                                   
Lahore Literary Festival 2018
Lahore | 24 February 2018
in conversation with Melissa Chiu, Sona Datta and Salima Hashmi

Tate Patrons Tour: A Utopian Stage 
Dhaka Art Summit ’18
Dhaka | 2 February 2018

Tate Patrons Tour, Dhaka 2018

Forough Farrokhzad’s film, “The House is Black”                                    
London Short Film Festival, ICA

London | 17 January 2018
a discussion in conversation with Elhum Shakerifar and Narguess Farzad, hosted and curated by Jo Duncombe 

Archaeology of the Final Decade: Militating through the Archive 
The Polygon Gallery
Vancouver | 28 November 2017

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Recreating the Citadel: Deploying the Photography of Kaveh Golestan
Tehran | 21 November 2017

Lahore Literary Festival, The British Library
London | 28 October 2017
in conversation with Shezad Dawood

The Body Politic                                           
Open City Documentary Festival, BFI
London | 9 September 2017
in conversation with Mania Akbari and Sophie Mayer

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Challenging the Archive: Archaeology of the Final Decade (Chapters 1 & 2): Substance Infrastructure?
Mosaic Rooms
London | 20 July 2017
in conversation with Professor Irit Rogoff


A Substance Infrastructure, Case Study II: The Super-Modernism of Shiraz-Persepolis
Interventions Conference

Berlin | 22-24 June 2017

Challenging the Archive: Archaeology of the Final Decade (Chapters 1 & 2): Substance Infrastructure?
Stanford University: Iranian Studies Program
California | 30 May 2017

The Super-Modernism of the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis 
Neue Nationalgalerie ( Goethe-Institut, Kulturforum): Iran and Modern Art
Berlin | 11 March 2017
in conversation with Dr. Gabriel Montua

Challenging the Archive: Archaeology of the Final Decade (Chapters 1 & 2)
Aalto University: Curating and Mediating Art
Helsinki | 13 December 2016
in conversation with Dr. Nora Sternfeld

Archaeology of the Final Decade (Chapters 1 & 2): A Substance Infrastructure?  
Curatorial Knowledge, Goldsmiths University of London
London | 21 October 2016
in conversation with Professor Irit Rogoff and Dr. Stefan Nowotny

Archaeology of the Final Decade (Chapters 1 & 2): A Substance Infrastructure? 
Bergen Assembly, Biennial Foundation Bergen
Bergen | 29 September 2016
in conversation with Professor Irit Rogoff

Image by Thor Brødreskift

Newsha Tavakolian in Conversation
Singapore International Festival of Arts
Singapore | 29 June 2016

Archaeology of the Final Decade
Singapore International Festival of Arts
Singapore | 28 June 2016

An Archaeological Guide to the Deployment of an Archive
City & Guilds School of Art
London | 13 April 2016

Parastou Forouhar, Reimaging The Illusion
Pi Artworks London
London | 9 December 2015
Artist talk with Vali Mahlouji

Newsha Tavakolian in Conversation
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Amsterdam | 30 November 2015

An Archaeological Guide to the Deployment of an Archive
L’École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS)
Paris | 5 November 2015
Symposium: Écrits et paroles d’artistes d’Afrique du Nord, du Moyen-Orient et de l’Europe de l’Est dans la Guerre froide (1947-1989). Organised by Catherine Fraixe and Monia Abdallah. With the support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. List of participants: (Day 1) Magda Predescu, Yang Wang, Fanny Gillet, Clare Davies, Nadia Yaqub, Alia Nakhli, Morad Montazami, Latifa Toujani, Monia Abdallah. (Day 2) Perin Emel Yavuz, Mohieddine Hadhri, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Kristine Khouri and Rasha Salti, Vali Mahlouji, Maud Houssais, Magda Predescu.

An Archaeological Guide to the Deployment of an Archive
French Institute

London | 22 October 2015
Conference: The Image As Witness: the first biennale of photography from the Arab world in Paris. Organised by Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts (IESA), as part of the NOUR Festival. Participants: 
Gabriel Bauret (Biennale Curator), Karin Adrian Von Roques (Curator), Vali Mahlouji (Curator).

A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis
Whitechapel Gallery
London | 2 October 2015

A Utopian Stage
Goldsmiths University of London
London | 29 September 2015
in conversation with Anna Furse, Ola Johansson, Elvira Dyangani-Ose, chaired by Nicole Wolf

A Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis – Tour
Whitechapel Gallery
London | 24 September 2015
in conversation with Nayia Yiakoumaki, Archive Gallery curator, exploring the pioneering Festival through the rare archival material on display.

A Utopian Stage 
Whitechapel Gallery
London | 28 May 2015
in conversation with Professor Richard Gough, Artistic Director of the Centre for Performance Research, Falmouth University and editor of Performance research journal. This event was the first in a series of talks prompted by the Archive Gallery exhibition, A Utopian Stage.

Kaveh Golestan: Prostitute
Photo London 2015
London | 24 May 2015
in conversation with Stephan Deuchar CBE, Director of ArtFund, founding Director of Tate Britain 1998 – 2009

Retracing a Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis
Whitechapel Gallery

London | 15 May 2015

Retracing a Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis
Iran Heritage Foundation, Asia House
London | 6 May 2015

Retracing a Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis

Tehran | March 2015

From Silk Road to Fibre Optics: Time for enquiry into the need for communication and gain
Madrid | 25 February 2015
Led by Ziba Ardalan | Participants: Diana Campbell Betancourt / Vali Mahlouji / Andrew Maerkle / Hu Fang / Venetia Porter / Aurelien Lemonier

The Shiraz Arts Festival, 1967–77: When Iran Hosted the International Avant-Garde
Yale University
New Haven | 6 March 2014

Shiraz Arts Festival: The Legacy for a New Generation
IranModern Conference, Asia Society
New York | 5 October 2013

‘WHO IS THIS HOSSEIN THE WORLD IS CRAZY ABOUT?’ The work of Charles-Hossein Zenderoudi
The British Museum
London | 12 May 2013
Panel discussion chaired by Venetia Porter, with panellists Ladan Akbarnia, Vali Mahlouji and Mme Rivière Zenderoudi.

Recreating the Citadel of Shahr-e No: Kaveh Golestan and the Politics of the Marginal
Quai Branly
Paris | 13 September 2012

An Introduction on Different Perspectives of Modern and Contemporary Iranian Art
The British Museum
London | 5 October 2012
Discussion exploring the work of the artists shortlisted for the MOP Foundation Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP) 2013. The talk was moderated by Vali Mahlouji with panellists Fereshteh Daftari, Dr Anthony Downey, Media Farzin, Venetia Porter and Hamid Severi.

Art and Patronage Summit
Royal College of Art
London | 12-13 January 2012

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Artist Talk: Ala Dehghan in conversation with Vali Mahlouji
Delfina Foundation
London | 29 March 2011

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Cultural Brokering: Location Allegiance and Transnational Identity
Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP)
Dubai | 14 March 2011
Panel discussion following the announcements of the MOP CAP 2011 finalists, led by curator Vali Mahlouji, including participants Hans Ulrich Orbist, Mohammed Mottahedan, Abaseh Mirvali, Idris Khan and Ali Khadra. 

Artist Talk: Mahmoud Bakhski in conversation with Vali Mahlouji
Delfina Foundation
London | 19 October 2010

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Symposium – Iran: New Voices
Barbican Centre
London | 29 November 2008
A one-day event as part of Iran: New Voices convened by Vali Mahlouji, examining contemporary Iranian theatre. Morning session presented by Professor William Beeman, Professor Peter Chelkowski and Mohammad Bagher Ghaffari, chaired by Professor Sophie Nield. Afternoon session chaired by Vali Mahlouji, with Arby Ovanessian, Iraj Anvar, Susan Taslimi and Shohreh Aghdashloo. Evening session chaired by Jon Snow, with Attila Pessyani, Amir Reza Koohestani, Homayoun Ghanizadeh and Professor Joseph Kelleher.