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Retracing a Utopian Stage: Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77)

Source: Iran Heritage Foundation

Lecture in London on Wednesday 6 May, 6.30pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP

Balinese Gamelan dancers at the Festival of Arts, Shiraz

Organised by
Iran Heritage Foundation

Vali Mahlouji will talk about the exhibition he has curated for the Festival of Arts at the Whitechapel Gallery opening on 28th April. The subject is the decade-long controversial Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-77) and the project refers to documents and records of the Festival in order to reconstruct the complex networks of ideas that informed its original curatorial direction. In the immediate aftermath of decolonisation, the Festival treated cultural expressions from Asia and Africa as being equal to all others. Its pioneering approach brought together these distant voices with expressions from both sides of the Iron Curtain. The expression of these non-European sensibilities found a natural ally in the internationally fluid and subversive avant-garde, which sought to break from the constraints and stabilities of its own traditions. The Festival proposed a sophisticated version of universalism that rejected any reductive principle of a unified globalised culture.

The project has drawn extensively on the work of Kaveh Golestan.

Mahlouji is a London-based curator, writer and translator. He is currently an independent curatorial adviser to the British Museum on its contemporary Iranian collections. He has written several publications, including the forthcoming book, Perspectives on the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (2015). He is also the founder of a curatorial and educational platform ‘Archaeology of the Final Decade’ which circulates and puts back in the public domain culturally significant material that has remained obscure or under-exposed. He has curated projects at FOAM Amsterdam Museum of Photography, Musee d’Art Moderne, Paris and MAXXI as co-curator of Unedited History with Catherine David.

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For any inquiries please contact, Tel: 020 3651 2121

The lecture will start promptly at 6.30pm so please ensure you arrive on time

Please note this event will be filmed


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