Founded in 2010, Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOTFD) is a nonprofit curatorial and educational 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. The research identifies, investigates and re-circulates significant cultural and artistic materials that have remained obscure, under-exposed, endangered, banned or in some instances destroyed. AOTFD materials have been acquired by Tate Modern, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Smithsonian Institute and Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
Tate Modern has dedicated a room in its permanent collection – a first for an Iranian artist – for exhibiting materials from Vali Mahlouji’s project Recreating the Citadel alongside Kaveh Golestan’s Prostitute series from August 2017. AOTFD’s A Utopian Stage at Whitechapel Gallery was nominated for Best Exhibition (Alternative) 2015 by the Global Fine Arts Awards.