Recent works by Shahpour Pouyan extend his commentary on power and domination. As an artist well-versed in the conventions of the Persian miniature, paradoxically his move to paper as a medium sees him downplay overt references to the genre, instead exploring the graphic qualities of the medium. His recent series of drawings on paper are on a grand scale, singling out particular objects whose images captivate him, treating them like devotional images or oversized illustrations from an architectural treatise or scientific manual. Post Hot Point is an amalgam of golden mosque-like dome and Capitol-like white rotunda, while his new series depicts the engine of a V2 rocket, an early ballistic missile produced by Germany at the latter part of the Second World War using forced concentration camp labour. Werner Von Braun, the designer of this rocket, was later captured by American soldiers and brought to the US to work on its space programme. In the process he became an American hero with his successful Apollo moon landings. Pouyan dwells on the unfamiliar shape of the engine rather than the rocket itself, superimposing it on architectural floorplans.
Via Lawrie Shabibi