Thirty-Three Shapes of Identity

A group of Shahpour Pouyan’s ceramic sculptures are studies and variations of a same theme—architecture. His small-scale recreations of domes, buildings and towers in many configurations and forms mimic the main characteristics of the world’s various styles of architecture which signify power and wealth. Few years ago after taking a genetic test, Pouyan’s DNA traced his ancestors and linked him to thirty-three countries which made him explore his identity by creating thirty-three dome structures that would signify each country. By focusing on the domes and detaching them from the rest of the constructions he drew the attention to what unified all structures and was a universal form. Pouyan also states: “I love ceramics from Islamic land, they are amazingly beautiful. This is one of the reasons that I started working on domes…because they are somehow like upside down dishes.”

Images by: Shahpour Pouyan © Written by Roshanak Keyghobadi, 2019. This text cannot be quoted, translated or published in part or as a whole without Roshanak Keyghobadi’s permission.

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