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Iran's Cultural Site Persepolis Reimagined through Minimalist Frames

Iran's Cultural Site Persepolis Reimagined through Minimalist Frames

Architect and visual artist Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar has been conceptually combining contemporary landmarks with traditional Iranian houses, palaces and monuments in a photo-series titled "Retrofuturism". In his latest exploration, Peace, the Persian architect looks to Iran's Persepolis cultural site, the former capital of the Achaemenid Empire.

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© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar

Built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, the Persepolis palace complex was inspired by Mesopotamian models. As Forouzanfar explains, historical layers accumulate and condense over time. "There is always a trace of the previous layers and you have to go deeper to find it. Persepolis is one of the most important and tragic historical monuments of Iran, a World Heritage Site. In this project, various models of (art installations) have been digitally placed in Persepolis' spaces to serve as a reminder of those historical layers and point to the Palimpsest concept. Unlike the architecture of Persepolis, these artistic layouts are transparent and simple. The plan ahead is to form a contrast between the ancient Persepolis geometry and modern minimal forms; with the least interference and the least occupation."

© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar
© Mohammad Hassan Forouzanfar

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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "Iran's Cultural Site Persepolis Reimagined through Minimalist Frames" 27 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/932423/irans-cultural-site-persepolis-reimagined-through-minimalist-frames/> ISSN 0719-8884
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