Vali Mahlouji trained first in archaeology and philology and later as a psychoanalyst and is a London-based independent curator, writer, translator and designer.
He is presently working on a survey of pre-revolutionary artistic production in Iran and is curator and producer of the upcoming exhibition and colloquium Perspectives on the Shiraz Arts Festival at Yale University. He is co-editor of Yale University’s journal Theatre (2011-‘12). Vali is independent curatorial adviser on the modern/contemporary Iranian collections and educational programme at the British Museum.
In 2008 he was curator and associate producer of Iran: New Voices at the Barbican Arts Centre where he presented a series of video screenings, artist talks, a symposium on performance in Iran and a two week run of contemporary experimental theatre from Iran, performing for the first time in the UK.
In 2005 he collaborated with the London Film School, the British Film Institute, Victoria & Albert Museum and Channel 4 in the production of a London-wide programme of events entitled Abbas Kiarostami: Visions of the Artist celebrating the achievements of this artist and his impact on contemporary culture and society.
His writings have been published by the Sharjah Biennial (2011), Krinzinger Gallery (2011); National Museum of Contemporary Arts Athens (2009); Galerie Thaddeaus Ropac (2009/10/11); City University New York CUNY (2009); The London Middle East Institute; the Guardian.
As an independent curator and writer he has also worked with the Delfina Foundation (2010/11); Niccolo Sprovieri Gallery (2011); Kalfayan Gelleries Athens (2011); Saatchi Gallery (2010), Isabelle van den Eynde Gallery (2010/11), Guggenheim (2009).
His theatrical playscript translations have been staged by the Royal Court Theatre and the Barbican Arts Centre and are the only Iranian plays to be staged by UK national institutions since the revolution. His translations have also been staged by Theatre de la Bastille, La Colline Paris, Dublin Theatre Festival, and broadcast by the BBC.
As opera designer he has recently been resident designer with Bregenzer Festspiele (2011) and Grange Park Opera (2008-10) and his work has appeared at Sadler’s Wells (Mosaics), ICA, Arcola Theatre.