Shahpour Pouyan

Jameel Prize 4 exhibition in Istanbul organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in partnership with Art Jameel, and in collaboration with the Pera Museum is between 8 June 2016 and 14 August 2016. Over 280 nominations for the Jameel Prize 4 were received from countries as far ranging as Afghanistan, Mali, Puerto Rico and Thailand. A panel of judges, chaired by V&A Director, Martin Roth, selected the shortlist. Works on show range from delicate paper collages to an animated video installation with marionettes and from ceramics, calligraphy and sculpture to artist’s books. 

One of the eleven shortlisted artists and designers, Shahpour Pouyan talks about his works and his craftsmanship!

Pouyan has used Islamic ceramic techniques to make the sequence of dome-shaped objects in his series The Unthinkable Thought. The function of the objects is unclear, but their shapes hold meaning.

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Expensive to erect, domes dominate the skylines of cities and express the power of their builders. Some of Pouyan’s pieces are based on European domes, such as the Pantheon in Rome, built around AD 125 by the Emperor Hadrian. Others are inspired by famous Islamic domes, including the turquoise dome of the Masjid-i Shah (or Masjid-i Imam) in Isfahan, Iran. It was commissioned by Shah ‘Abbas I around 1611.

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Pouyan was born in Isfahan, Iran. He lives and works between Tehran, Iran, and New York, USA.

The Jameel Prize 4 exhibition in Istanbul is organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, in partnership with Art Jameel, and in collaboration with the Pera Museum. Please click here for more info about the exhibition!

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