Announcing: A Utopian Stage
at Dhaka Art Summit ’18

Archaeology of the Final Decade has launched its most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date at Dhaka Art Summit ’18, in the form of A Utopian Stage – a multifaceted project comprising an archival exhibition and timeline, a live performance programme and installation, and a film programme.

Caligula, Albert Camus (playwright), Arby Ovanessian (director), Kargah-e Namayesh – Persepolis, 1974. Courtesy of Mehdi Khonsari / Archaeology of the Final Decade

A Utopian Stage explores the reverberations of 20th century modernist universalisms, taking the Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-1977) as a case study and point of departure. In its manifestation at Dhaka Art Summit ’18, the nine-day programme will journey through modernism’s euphoric drives: ideals of progress, openness, emancipation, inclusivity, and the overarching notion of a unity of disunities.

Renga Moi, Robert Serumaga (playwright and director), African dance-drama, National Theatre of Uganda – Saray-e Moshir, 1975. Courtesy of Archaeology of the Final Decade

A Utopian Stage was presented in four zones:

Zone 1: beyond the bounds on the other side – A Timeline
Zone 2: thrust open the heavens and start anew; Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis: Excavated Archives
Zone 3: to be free is to lose sight of the shore
– Film Programme
Zone 4: below the levels where differences appear – Performance Programme

19th January 2018