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Mishandled Archive

Photo by Jemima Yong

7.30pm. £8/£5 concessions. This event is now sold out. To add your name to the waiting list, please email

Throughout 2017, Tara Fatehi Irani made 365 performance-installations in public space using photographs and documents from her family archive in Iran. Through these daily micro-actions, she disseminated this archive in parks, libraries, shops, streets, deserts, hospitals and forests across Europe and Iran. These micro-actions are an invitation to use the archive as a vessel for imagining new histories and undefined futures in a transnational and transgenerational space.

In this live iteration of the project, she brings together dances, videos, photos and stories from the people in this archive alongside stories of coincidental encounters with passersby during that year. From the story of the baby who flew out of the car window to the army officer in charge of lice infestation and the girl who saw blood on people’s hands, the multitudes of stories in this performance tread in between past and future, memories and fantasy.

“Each of us viewers can rearrange the elements of the piece to imagine new histories again and again.”
– this is tomorrow, 2018


Tara Fatehi Irani is an artist, writer and performance maker working with mistranslated memories and unattended archives. Her work is primarily concerned with the ephemeral interactions between memories, words, bodies and sites. Her practice crosses over year long daily projects, site-responsive art, performance, dance, audio-visual, installation and writing.

From theatres, galleries and deserted buildings in Tehran to the Royal Academy of Arts, RichMix, SPILL Festival and Chelsea Theatre in the UK, she has presented her work at several well-known and unconventional national and international venues.

She is a member of DARC (Documentation Action Research Collective) and half of the duo /gorizazmarkaz/.

Read an interview with Tara Fatehi Irani. | @tarafteh

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Date and time

14 March 2019

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This is now a past event.


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