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Tara Fatehi Irani | IG @tarafteh  | TW @TaraFatehiIrani |

Spotlight Performer and Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

(b. 1987 Tehran)


I am a performer, artist and writer working across live performance, film, music and multidisciplinary projects. Using movement, voice and writing, my work is at the intersection of the socio-political and the poetic. From the Royal Academy of Arts in London to parks and gyms, I have performed at various theatres, galleries and site-specific venues around the UK, Iran and Europe. I collaborate with other artists and writers recently including Karen Christopher, Agnieszka Blonska and Station House Opera. My book Mishandled Archive – based on a series of 365 dance scores and photographs I created in 2017 – has been published by LADA (2020).  I regularly teach at Goldsmiths University of London and Central School of Speech and Drama (London) and lead performance workshops. In 2021, I was the first ever resident artist at the United Nations Archives (UNOG) in Geneva.





Mishandled Archive. 365 public interventions and dances. Presented at Live Art Development Agency, MAP3: Archiving ‘Asia’, University of Roehampton, DocPerform Symposium, Iranian Association.


2012 – 2013

30 Seconds of Today, 365 sound pieces, online on SoundCloud, presented at TaPRA (Tate Modern)




  • How to Host a Ghost: Hunting and Haunting: collective performance at Luxembourg Pavilion, World Expo, Dubai

  • Sacrifice: chor. Hooman Sharifi, Montpelier Dans (FR), and Dansen House (Oslo)



  • In Observance: video installation, Embassy of Foreign Artists, Geneva

  • Always Already: 8-hour performance-installation with Karen Christopher, Chapter Arts (Cardiff), Dance 4 (Nottingham)

  • A place to sit. : video performance, part of Fragments for Borderless Futures (e-journal)

  • FEAST: Ingredients of Us: performance dir. by Agnieszka Blonska, Marlowe Theatre (Canterbury)

  • Mishandled Archive: performance-installation, Peckham Rye Park (London)



  • Collaboration, video with Jemima Yong and Holly Revell, International Festival of Performance Art, Giswil

  • Mishandled Archive, performance-installation at Nuffield Theatre, Lancaster



  • Borderline Dialogue: performance for camera, Beyond the Wall Festival, US/MEX border, and LADA, London

  • Bodies of Knowledge: community arts project and exhibition, with researchers from Loughborough University at Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester

  • Mishandled Archive: performance-installation at Toynbee Studios & Beaconsfield Gallery, London; 5-week exhibition and performance at South Hill Park, Bracknell & performance-installation at Darbast Platform, Tehran (2018)

  • International Exchange of Terrible Pop: performance with Richard Dedomenici, Mehrdad Seyf & Pouya Ehsaei at Cambridge Junction & Green Rooms Hotel, London (2017)



  • Transformance: performance and exhibition with DARC, at Tempting Failure, London

  • At Home in Gaza and London, (co-deviser, performer) with Station House Opera at Battersea Arts Centre, Toynbee Studios, London and Everyman Playhouse, Liverpool


  • Nature Was, as /gorizazmarkaz/, The Royal Academy of Arts, London

  • Cosy Household, Tyneside Irish Centre, Newcastle & Toynbee Studios, London

  • The Ethical Document: lecture-performance, Tate Liverpool


  • Mirror, mirror on the wall, performance, at Sully Night, London

  • Bodiless Heads No.1 #Simulacrum with Setareh Fatehi, Frederick Rodrigues & Pouya Ehsaei, FLAM, Amsterdam & A Corner in the World, Istanbul

  • Kitchen Window: 9 hours solo dance and live installation, Camden People’s Theatre, London


  • Raadio (sound installation) as /gorizazmarkaz/, Cambridge Junction

  • Displacement of all places: Group exhibition, Uqbar Gallery, Berlin

  • In Your Honour (performer) a performance by Claire Ridge, Laban Conservatoire

  • She inspires art. (performer) a performance by Amanda Coogan, Bonhams Auction House, London



  • Meridian Rhubarb (chapters 1-5) as /gorizazmarkaz/, at SPILL Festival Ipswich, The Flying Dutchman London, Spontaneous Combustion London, H.F.W.A.S Birmingham, and underground venue, Tehran

  • Dear Hypothetical, there is oil all over the place, Chelsea Theatre and RichMix (2013), London​


  • Before Performance: group exhibition at ]performance s p a c e [ , London​


  • Carpenters Are Happy, Tehran

  • Jigsaw, with Sarah Feli, Pouya Ehsaei & Mahyar Tahmasbi, East Art Gallery, Tehran

  • HiCCUP, with Sarah Feli, Makan Ashgvari, Pouya Ehsaei, Molavi Theatre (Tehran), Untimely Festival (Shiraz)

  • The Man in Whose Shirt Blew the Wind, (Puppeteer, voice), dir. Milad Shakib, Sangelaj Theatre, Tehran



  • Asymmetry, with Sarah Feli and Pouya Ehsaei, East Art Gallery, Tehran

  • Gnomon, with Sarah Feli & Pouya Ehsaei East Art Gallery, Tehran

  • A, B, C, D, E, … (performer), performance by Asghar Dashti, East Art Gallery, Tehran

  • Tehran, go seek. (co-writer, designer, actress) dir. Shiva Massoudi, Molavi Theatre, Tehran

  • I’m a Bluetooth creature… (actress), dir. Mohammad RezaeiRad, Tehran


  • Everything’s getting better, with Sarah Feli and Makan Ashgvari, Iranian Artists Forum  

  • Do they walk in their graves, the stillborns? (performer), dir. Ehsan Estiri, Tehran

  • Orpheus (vocalist) Iranian Artists’ Forum, Tehran



  • A Very Very Short Story of a Very Very Long Life, with Sarah Feli, Tehran and HighFest (Yerevan)

  • With a head disheveled from utter mania. (performer), dir. Ehsan Falahatpisheh, Fajr Festival, Tehran


2007 – 12

Several other appearances as performer, actress, flautist, vocalist and puppeteer. Details available upon request.


  • Mishandled Archive book, LADA, 2020

  • Joggling, an essay in In other words, METAL, 2022

  • Mishandled Archive: Dispersió, supervivència, desaparició book chapter, 2021

  • The Next Time I Put Clothes in the Washing Machine … book chapter in Bodies of Knowledge, LADA, 2021

  • Step in Time, Step in Time in SPILL Reader (edited by Diana Damian-Martin), Oct 2018

  • Mishandled Archive in The Artist’s Borderpanic Compendium (edited by Helen Paris and Leslie Hill), Jan 2018

  • Make Yourself at Home in Displaced and Privileged, Toolkit for Itinerant Artists (edited by Elena Marchevska), Nov 2017

  • LADA’s Study Room: A case study in five parts (co-authored with Lois Keidan, Mary Paterson & Marco Pustianaz) in Performance Research: On Libraries (edited by Deirdre Heddon), Apr 2017

  • No pressure, but find me a bed out there. in Performance Research: On Trans- Performance (edited by Amelia Jones), Oct 2016

  • Reviews and interviews published on online magazines including Exeunt, This is Tomorrow, Fajr Theatre Bulletin, Underline Art, Roozegar Daily, …




Choreographing Dissidence, review on NONIIN, Dec 2021.

Tara Fatehi Irani is the Iranian performance artist mishandling archives to set them free. on gal-dem, Sep 2021.

Missed Hands, feature on Lucy Writers, Sep 2021.

A different Perspective. Feature in Peckham Peculiar Newspaper, Jul 2021.

Interview with Tara Fatehi Irani on Accumulating Action, Straddling Multiple Contradictions and the Necessity of Fiction on Object, Lesson, Space, Apr 2021.

(mis)remembering and (re)interpreting history feature and interview on Signal House Edition, Apr 2021.

Culture Club: Reading Mishandled Archive, Club des femmes, Mar 2021.

Interview with Tara Fatehi Irani: performingborders, Dec 2020.

Archive of Dispersal, Feature on Nero magazine, Nov 2020.

Interview on Art a part of culture, Nov 2020.

Podcast on Mishandled Archive at Beaconsfield Gallery: Resonance FM, Jul 2019.

Tara Fatehi Irani’s Mishandled Archive and Our Collective Handling of the Past, Lucy Writers, Apr 2019.

A past unknown / not mine / related: Something Other, May 2019.

Tara Fatehi Irani: Mishandled Archive: this is tomorrow, Feb 2018.

Interview with Tara Fatehi Irani: performingborders, Aug 2018.

A new theatre performance brings Gaza to London: The Middle East Eye, Jul 2018.




2015 – 2019

PhD in Drama, Theatre and Performance, University of Roehampton, London

2012 –  2013

MA in Performance and Creative Research, University of Roehampton, London

2005 – 2010

BA in Drama, University of Tehran

2002 – 2005

Diploma in Theatre, Sooreh School of Art, Tehran


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