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's (born 1978 in Limassol, Cyprus) wide-ranging research focuses on the identification and uncovering of hidden narratives in the visual records of history and time.
Solo exhibitions of his work have been held (amongst others) at the 56th Venice Biennial, The Cyprus Pavilion; Camden Arts Centre, London; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Casa Luis Barragán, Mexico City; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Kunsthalle Zürich; Casino Luxembourg; CCA Kitakyushu; Museum of Contemporary Art, St. Louis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Leipzig; Centre d'Art Contemporain de Brétigny; and at Point Center of Contemporary Art, Nicosia. In 2019 he collaborated on the conception of the Emma Kunz - Visionary Drawings exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. His work was also shown in a number of group exhibitions including: the 8th Melle Biennale; the 14th Lyon Biennial; the 13th Sharjah Biennial; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel; 8th Berlin Biennale; 7th Liverpool Biennial; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museion, Bolzano; Migros Museum, Zürich; CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Ashkal Alwan Center for Contemporary Arts, Beirut; Artist Space, New York; MoCA Miami.