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Peep-Hole Sheet #17 – Letters From Japan
Christodoulos Panayiotou [see all titles]
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Christodoulos Panayiotou Peep-Hole Sheet Letters From Japan
published in November 2013
texts in English / Greek / French
25 x 33,5 cm (broadsheet in transparent packaging) / 33,5 x 50 cm (unfolded)
16 pages
ISBN: 978-88-6749-079-0
EAN: 9788867490790
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A series of letters written by Christodoulos Panayiotou during a stay in Japan.
Letters From Japan consists of a selection from a series of letters written by Christodoulos Panayiotou during a stay in Japan, where he lived for one month to prepare the exhibition at CCA Kitakyushu. They are personal missives addressed to friends and people very close to the artist, in which he narrates stories, sensations, reflections that arise from day to day. Published in the languages in which they were written (French, English, Greek), the letters track a continuous flow of thoughts and, as a whole, construct an organic emotional landscape. The confidential and intimate tone actually narrates much more than the private life or moods of the artist, as autobiographical anecdote becomes a vehicle for lucid reflections of an existential, cultural and political nature.
Peep-Hole Sheet is a quarterly of writings by artists published by Mousse Publishing. Each issue is dedicated solely to one artist, who is invited to contribute with an unpublished text whose content is completely free in terms both of subject and format. The texts are published in their original language, with accompanying translations in English and Italian. Peep-Hole Sheet is meant for those who believe artists are catalysts for ideas all around us, and who want to read their words without any filter. Over time it aspires to build up an anthology of writings that might open new perspectives for interpreting and understanding our times.
Christodoulos Panayiotou (born 1978 in Limassol, Cyprus, lives and works in Limassol and Paris) transforms the world into a theatre in which the myths that unite us are acted out. From one enigma to another, his works reveal the hidden history of the world, like a contemporary archaeologist whose role is no longer to relate history but to rephrase it. Christodoulos Panayiotou often uses Cyprus as backdrop and starting point, choreographing a constantly reinvented version of history and exploring the way in which simple gestures can act as subversive counterpoints to homogeneous, nationalist narratives. Christodoulos Panayiotou's work is a metaphor for the fact that work is no longer valued, but instead of destroying or giving up, his oeuvre seeks to shift interest onto the value of art. Panayiotou highlights the fragility of one of our fervently held beliefs: that trade and commerce are the mainstays of our society.