Contemporary Cypriot artist exhibits at Casino Luxembourg
(MSS) Contemporary artist Christodoulos Panayiotou's solo exhibition “and”, inspired by his interest for history, sociology and modern society, will be on display at Casino Luxembourg from October 10.
With an extensive portfolio of previous exhibitions, 35-year old Christodoulos Panayiotou from Cyprus has finally made his way to Luxembourg city, where he will be exhibiting his latest collection of works under the title “and” from October 10 to January 5, 2014.
His interest for the history of his home country, Cyprus, clearly shows in his works that vary from slide shows of pictures covering the years 1975 to 2008, to three pairs of handmade shoes to a pile of shredded Cypriot Pounds.
Money, love and sexuality
The country's old currency became useless when Cyprus adopted the Euro, and the old notes were trashed. Panayiotou turned the worthless notes into a “contemporary ruin” created by the social change Cyprus had in sight by introducing the Euro.
The pile of “money compost” has been placed in one of the museum's old baroque-styled rooms, and the glass of one of the large windows overlooking the Spuerkess tower and the Grund has been replaced with pink glass.
Not only does the pink colour symbolise love and sexuality, it also disappeared from the famous LGBT “rainbow” flag when it went into production for lack of pink fabrics.
Panayiotou points to the creation of publicly known symbols that have been influenced by rather random factors, and although the window is a separate piece, the light it casts on the room and the shredded notes combined with the panorama view over Grund creates a certain atmosphere that will change according to the amount of sunlight that shines through.
Red carpets and Ronald Reagan
Panayiotou's interest for sociology shines through in another room as well, where “Operation Serenade” is displayed.
Three rolled up red carpets, of which all were recovered from a specific red carpet event like the Academy, Grammy or Emmy Awards, refer to the funeral of Ronald Reagan, who went from being a Hollywood actor to the President of USA.
Reagan started planning his funeral shortly after he took office in 1981 – this was something that had been a custom since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, as officials were unsure of how to act, and allowed the presidents to, or at least try, to keep control of their image beyond their own death.
Operation Serenade suggests striking similarities between red carpet ceremonies and a funeral, as both are publicly observed spectacles where spectators acknowledge some sort of human achievement.
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