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Jonas Staal

Portrait de Jonas Staal
Portrait de Jonas Staal

Jonas Staal is a visual artist whose work deals with the relation between art, propaganda, and democracy. He is the founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit(2012–ongoing). Together with Florian Malzacher he co-directs the training camp Training for the Future (2018-ongoing), and with human rights lawyer Jan Fermon he initiated the collective action lawsuit Collectivize Facebook (2020-ongoing). With writer and lawyer Radha D’Souza he founded the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (2021-ongoing) and with Laure Prouvost he is co-administrator of the Obscure Union.

Exhibition-projects include We Demand a Million More Years at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin, 2022), Museum as Parliament with the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava at the Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven, 2018-ongoing), The Scottish-European Parliament at CCA (Glasgow, 2018) and Art of the Stateless State at the Moderna Galerija (Ljubljana, 2015). His projects have been exhibited widely at venues such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, M HKA in Antwerp, Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Centre Pompidou-Metzand the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, as well as the 7th Berlin Biennale, the 31st São Paulo Biennale and the 12th Taipei Biennale.

Publications include Training for the Future Handbook (with co-editor Florian Malzacher, Sternberg Press, 2021), Propaganda Art in the 21st Century (The MIT Press, 2019), Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective (Het Nieuwe Instituut, 2018), Stateless Democracy (with co-editors Dilar Dirik and Renée In der Maur, BAK, 2015) and Nosso Lar, Brasília (Jap Sam Books, 2014). Staal completed his PhD research on propaganda art at the PhDArts program of Leiden University, the Netherlands.