Make this Valentine’s Day a special one for a distant lover, kin, or friend with an exclusive copy of Mishandled Archive. Order by 7 February, on this page, and you will receive a uniqely personalised copy with 3 postcards, hidden UV messgaes, marginalia, tokens from the project and other handmade additions dedicated to your loved one (or you). 


"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. Fatehi Irani's nomadic performative process creates new worlds. ” Prof. Amelia Jones, University of Southern California


"a compelling project, casting a spell of connection between strangers in locations around the world"  Tim Etchells


With multitudes of stunning photographs, dance scores, essays and stories told in hashtags, Mishandled Archive records and reflects on Tara Fatehi Irani’s intentional scattering and displacement of a family archive. Elegantly designed by David Caines, the book offers a space to reimagine what it means to create, disseminate, dismantle and continue the life of an archive. 



Every day for a year, Tara Fatehi Irani 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 and amongst the clouds. She made a photograph, an annotation, a dance and an Instagram post on the site of each dispersal. Find out more about the project.


The project embraces nomadism, taking up temporary homes in unexpected public places and in the bodies of those who encounter it. In this nomadic dispersal, there is potential for sites, bodies and histories to intermingle and reimagine themselves through a fantasy of possible futures. 


Contributions by artists, writers and researchers expand and reflect on the themes of the project including creative engagement with archives, anthropophagy and history, accumulating forgettable objects, fictional kinship, homelessness, and choreographing uncertainty. 


Contributors: Nicola Conibere, Maddy Costa, Diana Damian Martin, Eirini Kartsaki, Joe Kelleher, Shahram Khosravi, Giulia Palladini, Mary Paterson, Marco Pustianaz, Anahid Ravanpoor, Holly Revell and Jemima Yong.


ISBN 978-1-9164243-9-5

Published by Live Art Development Agency 

Autumn 2020 

Paperback, 190 x 268 mm

256 pages with c. 410 colour images


Please note that your postcard will be chosen for you by the artist.

Mishandled Archive Book:Personalised & Signed + Postcard

£20.00 Regular Price
£16.00Sale Price
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