Shahpour Pouyan (b.1979 Isfahan) explores expressions of power, domination and possession through the force of culture using sculpture and installation. He is based between New York and Tehran.
While his work refers naturally to his homeland in part, it is distinctly global and conceptual in outlook. Frequently drawing together references from across the globe in a single work, he explores the role of culture in supporting power. From architecture to munitions to armour, his early work is bound together by explorations of the unique properties and uses of the dome. More recent performance, video, sculpture and installation draws variously on theology, propaganda, global calendars, bombing, archaeology and war time rescue efforts, from France to Vietnam, from Baghdad to New York.
Pouyan holds an MFA in Integrated Practices and New Forms at the Pratt Institute, New York, and has an MFA in Painting from the Tehran University of Art. He previously studied Neoplatonic Philosophy at the Iranian Institute of Philosophy, Tehran. Between 2007 and 2009 he taught art history and the history of Persian Architecture at Science and Culture University, Tehran. Pouyan's solo exhibitions include Copperfield, London (2015), Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai (2011 and 2014), Sixty Six Art Gallery, Tehran (2010) and XVA Gallery, Dubai (2009). Group exhibitions include The Grey Art Gallery, New York University (2016), Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2014), Elgiz Museum, Istanbul (2014), the Mykonos Biennale, Greece (2013). His work is held in public and private collections internationally including the permanent collection of the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. He has participated in several international residencies including International Cite Des Arts, Paris, the Pegasus Art Foundation, Hyderabad, India, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, in March 2014.
For his most recent solo exhibition with the gallery please click here