Post-Representational Curating: Militating History ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE FINAL DECADE
Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series
This seminar as part of the School of Art & Design's Creative Innovation Across Disciplines Seminar Series, will be presented by Vali Mahlouji. Mahlouji will discuss the working methodology of the independent curatorial think tank Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD) that undertakes research into areas of culture and art that have endured violence and embody social and historical trauma, through an historical and theoretical examination of two open-ended case studies.
- From: Thursday 7 June 2018, 12 pm
- To: Thursday 7 June 2018, 2 pm
- Location: Chaucer 1702, Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ
This lecture by Vali Mahlouji will discuss the working methodology of the independent curatorial think tank Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD) that undertakes research into areas of culture and art that have endured violence and embody social and historical trauma, through an historical and theoretical examination of two open-ended case studies. AOTFD concerns itself with histories of nations condemned by social displacement, cultural annihilation or deliberate disappearance. It engages with accounts of culture lost through material destruction, acts of censorship, and other political, economic or human contingencies.
The talk will focus on two spaces of culture relating to the recent history of Iran. AOTFD has collected, salvaged, researched and exhibited documents and cultural materials relating to these. The first project excavates materials about a radical festival of performance - Festival of Arts Shiraz-Persepolis - held in Iran between 1967-77 until it was condemned as 'un-Islamic', banned, and its archives were removed from public access. A second project, Recreating the Citadel, excavates and reconstructs the red-light district of Tehran before it was torched and razed in an act of Islamic cleansing using a seminal photographic series from 1975-77, Prostitute, by the documentary photographer Kaveh Golestan as a departure point.
Vali Mahlouji is a London-based curator, founder of Archaeology of the Final Decade, advisor to the British Museum and director of Kaveh Golestan Estate.
Mahlouji’s recent curatorial 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 forensic platform, which engages with accounts of culture, which have remained obscure, banned, endangered, lost through material destruction, acts of censorship, political, economic or human contingencies. AOTFD has also placed artworks in international collections including: Tate Modern, British Museum and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). AOTFD has facilitated the first room to be dedicated to an Iranian artist in the permanent collection at Tate Modern – Kaveh Golestan and the Citadel of Shahr-e No.
AOTFD’s exhibition A Utopian Stage at Whitechapel Gallery received the Global Fine Arts Awards’ nomination for Best Exhibition (Alternative category) in 2015.
The seminar will be hosted by Dr Bill Balaskas, Associate Professor in Visual Communication, and will consist of a talk in Chaucer 1702 (City Campus) followed by questions and discussion. This event is free to attend and registration is not required.
Refreshments will be available at 12 pm, and the talk will begin at 12:30 pm.
For any queries, please contact Dr Iryna Kuksa
Image: Courtesy of Archaeology of the Final Decade
50 Shakespeare Street