Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD) is a non-profit curatorial platform focused on recovering erased histories. It was founded in 2010 by London-based art curator, Vali Mahlouji. The platform excavates and recirculates artists, artworks and accounts of culture, which have otherwise remained obscure, been subjected to censorship, lost, banned, endangered or deliberately destroyed.
Through AOTFD, Mahlouji has placed artworks in international collections, including: Tate Modern, Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, The British Museum, Smithsonian Institute and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Mahlouji's touring exhibition A Utopian Stage at Whitechapel Gallery (2015) was nominated for Best Exhibition (Alternative category) by the Global Fine Arts Awards.
A selection of AOTFD’s recent projects include exhibitions at Tate Modern (London), Whitechapel Gallery (London), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris), MAXXI (Rome), Garage Museum (Moscow), SAAVY Contemporary (Berlin) and Asia Culture Center (Gwangju).
Vali Mahlouji is an independent advisor to the British Museum, director of the Kaveh Golestan Estate, a member of Art Dubai Modern Advisory Committee and board member of Bahman Mohassess Estate. He has frequently contributed essays and publications to various institutions, including Guggenheim Museum, LACMA and Asia Society Museum and Yale University Press. He is a frequent guest lecturer at international institutions which have included Goldsmiths University, Central St Martin’s School of Art, Yale University, Stanford University and Courtauld Institute.