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Christodoulos Panayiotou, Bastardo, 2018, spray paint on marble, 17 3⁄4 × 63 × 18 7⁄8".

Christodoulos Panayiotou, Bastardo, 2018, spray paint on marble, 17 3⁄4 × 63 × 18 7⁄8".

Christodoulos Panayiotou

Camden Arts Centre

The troubled island of Great Britain has not seen a great deal of work by the troubled-island specialist Christodoulos Panayiotou until now: “Act II: The Island” is his first major UK solo show. A really good one, too—a bouquet of seductive, resonant works, sheerly articulate through their visual and physical presence, plus a booklet of contextual glosses intrinsic to Panayiotou’s practice but of questionable utility. By removing most of the doors on the Camden Arts Centre’s exhibition floor and tucking works into places normally out of bounds, Panayiotou de- and reterritorialized the space, rendering it a whole entity with different “regions”—maybe an island by analogy. In the room visitors are likely to enter last, accessed via a fire escape, he installed his three-channel color-slide display Never Land, 2008, featuring more than a hundred photographs from a 1990s Cypriot news archive.

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