Mahlouji Vali

Vali Mahlouji is a London-based curator, writer, translator, and current independent curatorial adviser to the British Museum on its modern and contemporary Iranian collections. His recent curatorial work included guest curator at Foam, Amsterdam (Kaveh Golestan—The Citadel) and co-curator at Musee d’Art Moderene de la Ville de Paris and MAXXI National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome.

His research platform, Archaeology of the Final Decade, engages in curatorial and educational programs, events, and publications with the aim of raising awareness about contested areas within arts and culture that have remained obscure, under-exposed, over-looked, or destroyed. The first phase of this research has produced to exhibitions shown at the Musee d’Art Moderne and MAXXI entitled, Restaging the Contested Space of the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967–77), and Recreating Shahr-e No.

“By the ’60s, …women are in the positions of decision-making, of policy-making, of changing laws, and the School of Social Work that was founded by Sattareh Farmanfarmaian, begins a huge amount of work that relates to this area.”