Panayiotou’s solo show, “Two Days After Forever,” at the Cyprus Pavilion (set in the Palazzo Malipiero) will include several older works, though the majority of the exhibition is composed of new commissions. (The exact details of these pieces are being kept under wraps.) Kholeif did, however, reveal to Artsy that the new work will “manifest in a number of forms: as architecture—floors and walls, as choreographies—of movement and stillness, and as text that is both revealed and concealed.” This will include two performances, The Parting Discourse and Levant U-Turn, which will take place during the opening days of the Biennale, as well as satellite projects set around the Mediterranean, and a book that features twenty texts from leading scholars, in the form of a didascalia—a play booklet.
Panayiotou’s presentation certainly appears cause for excitement and anticipation. No stranger to major international survey exhibitions, he has contributed to previous biennales in Berlin, Liverpool, Taipei, and even Kassel’s Documenta 13 in 2012. By now, his vision is finely tuned. “From the outset we discussed every single approach as a kind of intricate choreography,” he explained. “I hope that viewers will see the pavilion as an opportunity to reconsider how we relate to time, the present and to the notion of history.”