Mishandled Archive: Book Launch and Celebration


An online event to celebrate the launch of artist and writer Tara Fatehi Irani’s new book Mishandled Archive, published by LADA. Be ready for some dressing up and shaking shoulders. 

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In this gem of a book, Tara Fatehi Irani expands even further her vast creative exploration of how remembered histories link to global networks of bodies, spaces, and temporalities. Deploying a range of media from the oldest known to human communities (oral history and gossip) to the newest (social media), passing through archival research and modes of documentation, Fatehi Irani's nomadic performative process creates new worlds. This book both informs and dazzles for any interested in history, memory, archives, and performance.


Every day for a year, Tara dispersed fragments of family photographs and documents in public places in the UK, Iran, Switzerland, Kurdistan, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, the Persian Gulf, and in between borders. She made a photograph, a dance, an annotation, and an Instagram post on the site of each dispersal. 

Join us from wherever you are in the world to celebrate the coming together of all the traces of her Mishandled Archive in this new book which includes essays and contributions by other artists and writers. 

Tara Fatehi Irani (b. 1987, Tehran) makes art, writes and performs. Her practice explores the ephemeral interactions between memories, words, bodies and sites and has grown through transnational collaborations with a range of artists, writers, choreographers and musicians recently including Karen Christopher, Pouya Ehsaei, Station House Opera and DARC. She has performed at the Royal Academy of Arts, SPILL Festival, Battersea Arts Centre, Nuffield Theatre (Lancaster), Toynbee Studios, RichMix, HighFest and Molavi Theatre amongst others. Her practice-as-research PhD (University of Roehampton, LADA, 2019) explores mishandling archives through multivocality, pyromania, mythology and web‑archaeography. In 2021, she will be resident artist at EoFA and the United Nations Archives at Geneva.

3 Tara Fatehi Irani, Mishandled Archive, day 359, ‘Madonna of the Rocks’, 2017


Hosted by Rachel Mars, the event features:

The event is held on Zoom, please pre-book your free place to receive details on how to join.

An image of the cover of 'Mishandled Archive', an archival cut out of two irani women on a red background. Mishandled Archive, Tara Fatehi Irani, 2020.


The theme of the evening is, rather obviously, Mishandled Archive. So we invite you to dress up, make up, object up or just turn up in a Mishandled Archive style. If you need a springboard for your ideas there’s some inspiration for you here

We’d love to offer you drinks and refreshments but given the distance between us please bring your own drinks so we can celebrate in style. 

Find out more about Mishandled Archive 

Mishandled Archive is supported through Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.

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Tara Fatehi Irani, Mishandled Archive, publicity photograph, 2019, © Jemima Yong
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Mishandled Archive - The Book Launch

LADA are thrilled to present the launch and celebration of Tara Fatehi Irani’s book, Mishandled Archive. Deepest thanks to all the contributors of this event: Rachel Mars, Lorenza Peragine, Joe Kelleher, Guilia Palladini, Pouya Ehsaei, Diana Damian Martin, Mary Paterson, Jemima Yong, Maddy Costa and Holly Revell, CJ Mitchell, and of course Tara Fatehi Irani.


Banner image credit:

Tara Fatehi Irani, Mishandled Archive, performance photograph, Nuffield Theatre (Lancaster, 2020), © Darren Andrews

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