Faith. Geopolitics. Art
The challenging exhibition Medium Religion opens at The Model Satellite on Saturday May 23rd following its successful exhibition at ZKM in Germany. A public talk by internationally renowned philosopher Boris Groys, one of two curators of the project, opens the show in a former church.
Medium Religion provocatively enters sideways into the world of religions. This multi-layered project tackles contemporary representations of religion and religiosity. Taking an unusual focus on how religious thought is disseminated, Medium Religion examines how religions currently manifest themselves, above all in geo-political hotspots such as in the Middle East, as well as in Asia, Russia, the USA and South America. Artwork and included videos include suicide confessions from ideologically-inspired terrorists, religious propaganda TV series, the broadcast of religious events, meditations on death and dying, blasphemous images, giant Jesus sculptures, 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. www.modelart.ie/mediumreligion.html