Founded by Vali Mahlouji in 2010, Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD) is a non-profit curatorial platform which researches histories of nations condemned by social displacement, cultural annihilation or deliberate disappearance. AOTFD engages with accounts of culture which have been lost through material destruction, acts of censorship, political, economic or human contingencies.
A core aim of AOTFD is the identification, investigation and re-circulation of significant cultural and artistic materials that have remained obscure, under-exposed, endangered, banned or purposefully destroyed, and the reintegration of these materials into cultural memory, counteracting the damages of censorship and historical erasure.
A Utopian Stage explores the reverberations of 20th century modernist universalisms, taking the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-1977) as a case study and point of departure. The festival has been explored through different curated manifestations, and exhibited across the globe.
Talks, lectures and seminars delivered by Vali Mahlouji and AOTFD on the Festival of Arts and associated exhibitions, featuring guest speakers.
Read through the archive of published texts.