Christodoulos Panayiotou


“Act I: The Departure,” as this show was titled, brought together four recent works by Cypriot artist Christodoulos Panayiotou under the aegis of the Lausanne art festival Les Urbaines. Inspired by anthropology, Panayiotou often casts himself in the role of a scientist doing field studies, in order to shed light on the manifestations and myths of “cultural performances” such as rituals and festivals. In the silent color video Untitled, 2008, a palimpsest of shots of various firework displays form an undifferentiated spectacle. Fireworks—a popular allegory for the theatrum mundi ever since the Baroque—imply a variety of cultural and historical metaphors and frequently appear in Panayiotou’s oeuvre as a motif. Much like Freud’s model of memory as a “mystic writing pad,” on which traces of previous inscriptions are preserved as illegible impressions, this work captures the visibility of

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