Artists from Cuba, Iran, Israel and Russia come to Sligo this Week for the opening of Medium Religion

The Model’s summer exhibition Medium Religionfeatures over 30 international artists who are exploring Faith and Religiosity. We’re delighted that a number of them are going to join us in Sligo; namely Barbad Golshiri (Iran), Susana Pilar Delhante Matienzo (Cuba), Nira Pereg (Israel) and curator Boris Groys (who is Russian) , who will all be visiting Sligo for a number of days to oversee the exhibition installation and to attend the public opening at The Model Satellite on Saturday May 23rd. All are visiting Sligo, and Ireland, for the first time.

The Model has brought the exhibition to Ireland after a successful exhibition from one of Europe’s largest and most significant Contemporary Art Centres; ZKM. Sligo will be the exclusive destination for this internationally acclaimed exhibition, and it runs at The Model Satellite on Castle Street until August. The two giant Jesuses in the Model Satellite windows are already generating excitement on Castle St.

World-renowned philosopher Boris Groys, one of two curators of the project, opens the show with a public talk from 5-7pm on Saturday 23rd May. Chaired by Dr. Tony Partridge of Sligo IT, the discussion on Religiosity will be held in a former church — the Canis Major at the Clarion Hotel — and is FREE.

We hope to see you on Saturday in Sligo and just email us if you need any more info, on the show or on Sligo.


Medium Religion provocatively enters sideways into the world of religions. Artwork and included videos include giant Jesus sculptures and a Buddha emerging from a wall, suicide confessions from ideologically-inspired terrorists, religious propaganda TV series, the broadcast of religious events, meditations on death and dying, gender-bending Jews, documentaries on cults, an artwork that represents a living Islamic prophet, and even hybrid religious-leisure activities.

This project, curated by Boris Groys and Peter Weibel, is a production of by ZKM /Center for Contemporary Art and Media, in Karlsruhe, Germany, and includes a publication including scholarly contributions, and a public forum on the subject of contemporary art and religion produced by The Model in collaboration with Goethe Institut.

Alongside the exhibition are a range of Education Programming, Artist Commissions, and Music Programming that exemplify The Model’s inclusive, multi-disciplinary activities.

The Model gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Sligo and Borough County Council, Goethe Institut, Irland, and the cooperation of ZKM, Germany.