An alternate temporal manifestation of the themes developped by artist Christodoulos Panayiotou and curator Omar Kholeif at the Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale, in 2015.
Adopting a variety of modes of address, this book acts as a kind of theater for considering the questions: How does one choreograph a history that is constantly being re-imagined? And, how do we speak of an anthropology of movement?
With critical writing, poetry, open-ended letters, sketches, and provocations through both new and existing texts, this publication explores materiality as performance and how quiet gestures can function as subversive counterpoints to homogenous nationalistic narratives. The backdrop, Cyprus, becomes a site of multiple imaginaries from where this reader will seek to articulate a new route of escape.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition, Cyprus Pavilion at the 56th International Exhibition of visual arts – La Biennale di Venezia, from May 9th to November 22nd, 2015.
Christodoulos Panayiotou (born 1978 in Limassol, Cyprus, lives and works in Limassol and Paris) transforms the world into a theatre in which the myths that unite us are acted out. From one enigma to another, his works reveal the hidden history of the world, like a contemporary archaeologist whose role is no longer to relate history but to rephrase it. Christodoulos Panayiotou often uses Cyprus as backdrop and starting point, choreographing a constantly reinvented version of history and exploring the way in which simple gestures can act as subversive counterpoints to homogeneous, nationalist narratives. Christodoulos Panayiotou's work is a metaphor for the fact that work is no longer valued, but instead of destroying or giving up, his oeuvre seeks to shift interest onto the value of art. Panayiotou highlights the fragility of one of our fervently held beliefs: that trade and commerce are the mainstays of our society.