artists & participants
For over a decade now, Christodoulos Panayiotou (born in 1978, living and working in Limassol and Paris) has enjoyed many different solo exhibitions throughout the world. History, sociology and contemporary society are great sources of inspiration for the artist, and from these he builds a corpus of subtle, intelligent and enigmatic work.
The conjunction and, serving as the title of his solo show at Casino Luxembourg, represents a transitional zone, a brief moment before something else occurs, while avoiding any indication of a hegemonic theme. Indeed, Panayiotou perceived this exhibition as so many propositions and explorations. Just like syntax adds meaning to words, the works in the show come together, forming constellations with variable potentialities depending on interrelationships and associations. And is an "event" that can be constantly reinvented via various conceptual approaches.
The artist, being at first impressed by the layers of architectural elements that have marked the building from era to era, decided to reveal, through the demolition of the white cubes the original interior of the "Casino bourgeois," triggering thus a confrontation between his work and the archaeology of the building. This step, which constitutes delving into history, is essential in the work of Panayiotou. In a series of works (Wonder Land, Never Land, I Land) rooted in archival material, he refers to the island where he was born, Cyprus, by investigating and questioning major political and historical narratives.
Furthermore, the exhibition includes a large number of his sculptural works (2008, Independence Street, The Sea and Operation Serenade among others) which echoes both the heritage of the pedagogues of "modern theatre" and methods of anthropological investigation.
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