Ioannis Panagiotou is a Greek UK-based artist and composer.
Ioannis’ art uses cross-media narratives for exploring issues of memory, identity and diaspora. His artworks take the form of audiovisual performances, installations and concerts. His art creates symbiotic relationships, where different media, materials, beings and events interact with each other by being approached as characters in the same play. This play aims to activate lost memories and social and cultural ghosts of the past.
Ioannis has created projects worldwide for the Dialogues Festival, Greek National Opera, Namiki Square, Museum of Asian Art, Vilniaus rotušė, Plus-Minus Ensemble, Red Note Ensemble, Edinburgh Quartet and the Edinburgh Film Music Orchestra.
For b-side festival 2022
2022 is the anniversary of the 100 years of the Asia Minor Catastrophe (1922-2022), where many Greek refugees died during their attempt to move from Asia Minor to Greece. For this anniversary, Ioannis creates the performative installation “Pilgrims Horses”. This work re-creates and re-imagines the story of one of Ioannis’ ancestors, a 16-year-old girl, whose name is now unknown. In 1922 this girl could not follow her family to Greece, as she was kidnapped with a horse by a Turk. Some people say that this girl was in love with the person who actually saved her.
“Pilgrims Horses” will be presented as part of the “My Umwelt” trilogy, along with the video works “The Memory Passage” and “Umwelt”. The trilogy tackles aspects of narration and perception, and explores notions of collective memory.
Is it possible to have an anamnesis of an event in which you never took part?