b. 1978 in Cyprus
Christodoulos Panayiotou lives and works in Limassol, Cyprus. Originally trained in dance and performing arts in Lyon and London, his works are performance-based and collectively span every level of what one could describe as a spectrum of the performative in art – from creating a space for an activity such as dancing, directing actors and events, to the recording and tracing of both the artist’s and society's ‘performances’. Formed in a range of media, often incorporating video and sound within installation, Panayiotou's aesthetic interventions often reference political stimuli and yet can be read in a multitude of ways. An ongoing work that is a major pivot in his practice is Slow Dance Marathon. The performance was first realised in Thessoloniki in Greece in 2005, on a stage at an outdoor mini-concert venue. It comprised a human chain of participants who slow danced in pairs to the music of well-known love songs. Over the course of 24 hours each person would dance for one full hour, with alternate partners changing every 30 minutes and so on. Panayiotou won the 4th DESTE Prize in 2005, Athens. He has recently exhibited in The Museum Of Modern Art Oxford, UK, 2006; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, 2007; Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center Istanbul, 2006; and Den Frie, Copehagen, 2007.