Christodoulos Panayiotou has a wide-ranging research practice that focuses on identifying and uncovering hidden narratives in the visual records of history and time. Drawing on his interest in historical narratives and material, his paintings, sculptures, installations and performance-based works are careful studies in illusion, appearance, aura and seduction and often prompt a revaluation of objects and associated customs.
Panayiotou’s work has been shown in a number of international solo exhibitions, including I write, erase, rewrite, erase again, and then a poppy blooms, Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu, Japan (2017); Two Days after Forever, Cyprus Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Stories from the Lives of My Friends, Point Center for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus (2015); NGC 1277, Kaleidoscope Project Space, Milan (2014); Days and Ages, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2013); And, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg City (2013); In the light of the day the fireflies are like any other insect, Center for Contemporary Art Kitakyushu, Japan (2013); The Invention of Antiquity, Camera Austria, Graz (2013); I. L’achat du cuivre and II. Rapporter le monde au monde [I. The Price of Copper and II. To Bring Back the World to the World], Centre d’art contemporain Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge, France (2012) and One Thousand and One Days, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, US (2012).
Panayiotou’s work has also been featured in various group shows, such as Anarchéologie, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2017); Sharjah Biennial 13: Tamawuj (2017); Hypnos Project, Onassis Cultural Centre Athens (2016); Every Inclusion Is an Exclusion of Other Possibilities, SALT, Istanbul (2015); Performa 15, New York (2015); Soleil Politique: The Museum Between Light and Shadow, Museion Bolzano, Italy (2015); 8th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2014); Sacré 101: An Exhibition Based on ‘The Rite of Spring’, Migros Museum, Zurich (2014); When Attitudes Become Form Become Attitudes, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco (2012); 7th Liverpool Biennial (2012); dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel (2012); Danser sa vie [Dancing through Life], Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2011); You Are Not Alone, Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona (2011); The End of Money, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2011); Scene Shifts, Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2011); Live Cinema/In the Round: Contemporary Art from the East Mediterranean, Philadelphia Museum of Art, US (2011) and Home Works 5, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2010).
In 2005, Panayiotou received the 4th Deste Prize from the Deste Foundation, Centre for Contemporary Art, Athens, and in 2011, he was awarded the Future of Europe Prize by the Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig. He has participated in residencies and research programmes at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2008–2009); Iaspis, Stockholm (2009) and CAPACETE, Rio de Janeiro (2011), among others.
Panayiotou studied performance and performing arts in Lyon, France and anthropology in London.
Born in 1978 in Limassol, Cyprus, Panayiotou now lives and works between Limassol and Paris.
This person was part of Sharjah Biennial 13.