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Mishandled Archive:
Outdoor Performance

Outdoor performance bringing together stories, movements and images from Tara Fatehi Irani’s yearlong daily project alongside live music by Sam Warner. Secret location in Peckham. 

“Casting a spell of connection between strangers in locations around the world, from London to Tehran, Newcastle to Zurich.”

Tim Etchells (artist and director of Forced Entertainment) on Mishandled Archive

Conceived and performed by: Tara Fatehi Irani

Live music by: Sam Warner

Guest Performers: Theresa Hoffman, Amal Khalidi, Maja Laskowska

Produced by: Lorenza Peragine

performance photographs by Jemima Yong

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Mishandled Archive is a multi-faceted project and in the past four years has taken the form of performances in galleries and theatres, an exhibition, lecture-performances, workshops and a book. This new outdoor performance reignites the original inspiration of the project, bringing it back to a public space and allowing passers-by to become coincidental spectators. Be ready to shimmy, sing or just watch. Bring an umbrella in case of rain and some drinks in case of sun.

Performance dates:

Saturday 14 August: 4PM and 6PM

Sunday 15 August: 3PM and 5PM

Location: Outdoor location in Peckham, London (exact location will be emailed to you ahead of the event). Standing event.

Free with Booking

In 2017, Tara made daily installations in public spaces using a collection of photographs and documents she had collected through the years from family archives mostly connected to her home country, Iran. Every day for 365 days, Tara placed one archival image in a public space in London, Tehran, Milan, Hamburg, Zurich and elsewhere. As part of the installations, she performed a dance and wrote the score of the dance on the back of the photo. Passers-by became spontaneous audiences of these actions and many people found the documents or photos and wrote to Tara. Each of these daily interventions is also documented in a post on Instagram.

“Tara Fatehi Irani's project conjures a tender and intimate approach to re-imagining the textures of social networks in the age of digital media, and intervenes poetically in urban anonymity.” – Catherine Wood, Senior Curator at Tate Modern

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Reserve a free ticket only or support the project by purchasing a copy of the Mishandled Archive book. This elegantly designed book, published by the Live Art Development Agency features the entire collection of 365 photographs alongside writings by other artists and researchers in response to the project. Add the book to your ticket order and collect it at the performance.

If you require BSL interpretation please email for further details on booking.

Please bring a mask and respect social distancing. Hand sanitisers will be available and we encourage you to use them when handling objects.

Supervised children welcome. Dogs welcome.

“Fatehi Irani's nomadic performative process creates new worlds.” – Professor Amelia Jones, University of Southern California



Conceived and performed by: Tara Fatehi Irani

Live music by: Sam Warner

Guest Performers: Theresa Hoffman, Amal Khalidi, Maja Laskowska

Produced by: Lorenza Peragine

Mishandled Archive is supported by Arts Council England, Live Art Development Agency and Lancaster Arts

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Tara Fatehi Irani 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 Station House Opera, Karen Christopher, 30Bird and Pouya Ehsaei. 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. In 2021, she will be resident artist at EoFA and the United Nations Archives at Geneva.

Sam Warner is a London based Trumpet/Flugelhorn player who specialises in jazz and commercial music. Having studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama he has gone on to becoming an active member of the London scene playing in projects such as Valia Calda, Riot Jazz, Ariwo and Don’t Problem as well as session work for the likes of Tom Misch, Alfa Mist, Katy B and Kojey Radical.


performance image in heading: Mishandled Archive at Nuffield Theatre (Lancaster), photo by Darren Andrews

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