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

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.