Christodoulos Panayiotou is one of the most significant young European artists working today. His research-based practice focusses on the identification and uncovering of hidden narratives in the visual and material records of history and time. This exhibition at IMMA marks Panayiotou’s first solo exhibition in Ireland. Engaging with the history and nature of IMMA’s building and site, a range of recent and new works will be shown in the galleries and grounds of the museum.
Engaging with questions of time, beauty and value, Panayiotou works in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, film, photography and installation. Often generated through collaboration with other fields, Panayiotou works with specialists in a range of fields including archaeology, anthropology and various artisan disciplines.
There are parallels to be drawn between the complex colonial histories of Ireland and Panayiotou’s home country of Cyprus. Expressions of imperialism, as well as questions of financial and aesthetic value are touched upon in many works, including in a series of large-scale, monochrome paintings produced from thousands of demonetised, pulped, Euro banknotes. Gold, silver and copper are used to create paintings and cover objects, alluding to the history of icons, religious art and the commodification of contemporary art in the wider market.
Addressing themes of politics, nationhood, imperialism and oppression, Panayiotou’s work speaks through the most personal and private of gestures and interventions, returning again and again to the lost, the overlooked, the marginalised and the neglected.
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