Pleased to announce support

Diversity Art Forum

We are pleased to announce support from the Diversity Art Forum for our Urban Observations series. Previous editions have included films profiling Los Angeles and Istanbul. This year’s focus is on Tehran, guest curated by Vali Mahlouji.

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.

Diversity Art Forum has supported national and international projects since 2005. Recent collaborations include Artangel, Eastside Projects and David Malkovic at the Baltic. Diversity Art Forum have also been very actively engaged in our choice of this year’s collaborating guest curator.