As we look apprehensively into 2018, the Model in Sligo (from January 13th) isn’t trying to lull us into a false sense of security. The year there kicks off with I stared at beauty so much: Waiting for the Barbarians, a 2013 film by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige that offers an unsettling portrait of Beirut, from panoramic views to tiny details.
Their title references CP Cavafy’s poem. These days, say the artists, “there is the impression of a breach opening underneath our feet and the fear of being swallowed by the impossible present and the uncertain future”.
In the same general area, Brian Maguire’s War Changes its Address: The Aleppo Paintings, (IMMA from January 26th) draws on the artist’s 2017 visit to Syria, prompted by his dismay at the plight of refugees from the conflict there. At the Project, Amsterdam-based Nicoline van Harskamp’s Englishes (from February 15th), using