pouria khojastehpays imagines apocalyptic landscapes
pouria khojastehpays imagines apocalyptic landscapes pouria khojastehpays imagines apocalyptic landscapes
nov 27, 2015

pouria khojastehpays imagines apocalyptic landscapes

pouria khojastehpays imagines apocalyptic landscapes
all images courtesy of pouria khojastehpay




in an endeavor to never appease our desire to find out what is happening within the artworks, pouria khojastehpay creates mysterious dystopian, sci-fi and abandoned landscapes. the protruding concrete brutalist structures and their bleak atmospheres are primary elements in the artist’s work. the photographs allude to human demise and destruction through the use of fictional and apocalyptic scenarios.


‘freedom of interpretation’, khojastehpay says, ‘plays a massive role in his artwork as the viewer is coerced into a play upon the imagination. this ambiguity allows the work to cut through time and space, to evoke contemporary war conflicts or future human destruction.’

pouria khojastehpays
the photographs allude to human demise and destruction through the use of fictional and apocalyptic scenarios




khojastehpay draws these elements together into his artwork through a range of profound influences. looking back, the artist was born in shiraz, iran in 1993 before spending a large part of his childhood in a dutch refugee camp. his new found environment in eindhoven later on would have a deep impact upon him and his work with the urban environment lacking intensity of colour and saturated in greys from the excess asphalt, concrete and bricks. these fundamental early years serve as a basis for the artists work. from his iranian background, to the islamic revolutions, wars, sanctions and oppression and the brutality of eindhoven’s urban architecture.

pouria khojastehpays
dystopian and sci-fi art and literary pieces play a major role in the artist’s work




the artist’s work was originally influenced by katsuhiro otomo’s cyberpunk anime & manga akira, and later dystopian novels by philip k. dick, george orwell & j.g. ballard. this dystopian and sci-fi pieces play a major role in the artist’s work. in ‘kadingirra’ he manipulates and uses photomontage technique to conjure and create fictional landscapes and scenarios, turning the lyrical into the visually poetical. brutalist architecture filtrates throughout and frames within the artist’s work, as he references architects such as claude parent, owen luder & paul rudolph. some of the brutalist buildings in the artwork are world renown, while the others are digitally manipulated into something else or constructed from a method of montaging several buildings.


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text by: hannah nesbitt / edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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