Digitally manipulated photomontages present ruins of brutalist concrete structures within the desert and isolated landscape. Some of the buildings in his artwork are recognizable, while the others are completely modified until they become anonymous; Khojastehpay´s photographs don´t refer to any specific space or time. Because of the Islamic Revolution, Khojastehpay grew up in a Dutch refugee camp, bound by concrete. That would be the origin of his attraction to the Brutalism, "massive in character", and of the war atmosphere.
In all my images there is this bleak and grey atmosphere. This has to do with my Iranian background and is what I feel Iran and my family went through during the Islamic Revolution and the war.
I combine this with the urban environment I grew up at in The Netherlands, which mainly existed out of asphalt, bricks and concrete.
Pouria Khojastehpay creates mysterious dystopian, SCI-FI and abandoned landscapes. The protruding concrete brutalist structures and it's bleak atmospheres are primary elements in the artist's work. The photographs elude 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.
"I try to evoke images of fictional contemporary war zones and conflict areas."
Influenced by Katsuhiro Otomo’s cyberpunk anime & manga Akira, and later dystopian novels by Philip K. Dick, George Orwell & J.G. Ballad, Pouria invites the viewers to “immerse themselves in the future failed landscapes of ruin” and create their own stories, interpreting the images; just like we translate words into visual images when reading books.