Christodoulos Panayiotou, Discovery Award, Rencontres d’Arles 2016
ARTIST PRESENTED BY STÉPHANIE MOISDON
Christodoulos Panayiotou’s approach is resolutely multidisciplinary, nomadic, and synoptic. His screenings, exhibition slides, and performancereadings include architecture as well as choreography, text and image, ancient history and its hidden stories. The invention of archaeology plays a central role for him, providing an opportunity to create complex narrative structures involving time and emergence of new spaces for the imagination. This invention merges with the contemporary question of the production of forms, rituals, documents, fictions, and ruins.
Elena Parpa: Commenting on your work Wonder Land , once you stated, ‘The Limassol carnival parade is a revelation of everything we would like to be, of everything we know we cannot be, and of everything we cannot aff ord to accept that we are.’ Where does your interest in the practice of archiving originate?
Christodoulos Panayiotou: I am not interested in archiving beyond the point where it reveals the ideology that characterises it. I am referring to the point that it fails to annihilate. The aesthetics of archives does not appeal to me as an end in itself either. What I am interested in is historical narratives and their structures. Through their weaknesses, archives enable us to see and perhaps reinterpret.
Excerpt from interview of the artist with Elena Parpa published in the newspaper Phileleftheros , Cyprus, 24 March 2011.
Exhibition realised with support from Galerie kamel mennour, Paris, and Rodeo Gallery, Londres.
Exhibition venue: Grande Halle.