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15 Mar 2009

Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War

Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War


Sunday 15th March - Sunday 3rd May
Opening Saturday 14th March 5pm- 8pm
Open Tue - Sun

Opening Hours
Tue - Sat 12noon -6pm
Sunday 12noon - 4pm
Late on Thursdays till 8pm

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Model Satellite at Castle House, 9 Castle Street, Sligo, Ireland

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Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War opens at the Model Arts and Niland Gallery on March 14th 2009, commencing the European leg of its tour from Canada. Curated by Seamus Kealy, newly appointed Director/Curator of the Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Signals marks the start of the Model Niland's ambitious offsite '09 exhibition programme. The exhibition is housed in the Model Satellite space at Castle House in central Sligo, a space temporarily occupied by the Model Niland while the main building undergoes a major redevelopment.

Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War involves international artists who are responding to war and its contemporary representations. This project includes an exhibition of fifteen international artists, a rotating film/video programme, a catalogue with international contributing writers, a series of public tours and discussions, and concurrent events out of the Model Education Programme.

Investigating the interstices between perpetual war, dominant politics, and military aesthetics, this project confronts issues of global warfare, how it is imaged, and how it is imagined. The exhibition presents artists who are responding to these representations of war through informed critique. While a number of artists produce analyses or outraged expressions arising from their own or others' experiences of war, other artists challenge the spectacle of contemporary war, its veracity and, ultimately, its intertwinement within a New World Order.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Sonja Savić (1961-2008).


Maja Bajević (Bosnia)
Bureau d'etudes (France)
Paul Chan (USA)
Köken Ergun (Turkey)
Harun Farocki (Germany)
Omer Fast (Israel/USA)
Kendell Geers (South Africa)
Johan Grimonprez (Belgium)
Jamelie Hassan (Canada)
Kristan Horton (Canada)
Abdel-Karim Khalil (Iraq)
Anri Sala (Albania)
Sonja Savić (Serbia)
Sean Snyder (USA/Germany)
Ron Terada (Canada)

Rotating Film Programme and Education Events available at

Opening Saturday 14 March, 5–8 pm
Castle House, Castle Street
Public Tour with Director/Curator Seamus Kealy:
Wednesday April 29th, 5 pm

The Model Niland is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, which will see it grow by a third in size, introduce new artists studios, include a new performance space, and expand to a suite of new galleries. The Model Niland reopens in Autumn 2009. To support us, please visit our website.

The Model Niland gratefully acknowledges the support of the Arts Council of Ireland, The Sligo Local Authorities, The Goethe Institut Irland, and the cooperation of the Blackwood Gallery, Canada.