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.
Panayiotou’s decision to publish these texts is itself symptomatic: faced with the recent dramatic developments in the economy and the political life of Cyprus, the artist has chosen not to publish an analytical essay he was writing about Cypriot identity and the ideological implications of the carnival of Limassol.