Jonas Staal (1981) has studied monumental art in Enschede, the Netherlands and Boston, USA. He currently works on his PhD research entitled Art and Propaganda in the 21st Century at the University of Leiden, the Netherlands and is the founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit, that contributes to building alternative political spheres for organizations banned from democratic discourse. His work includes interventions in public space, exhibitions, lectures, and publications, focusing on the relationship between art, politics and ideology. His essay Post-propaganda (Fonds BKVB, 2009) and publication Power?... To Which People?! (Jap Sam Books, 2010) provides the theoretical basis for this line of work. His most recent book is Art, Property of Politics III: Closed Architecture (Onomatopee, 2011), a research into a prison model developed by far-right Freedom Party (PVV) politician Fleur Agema.
His projects were exhibited in among other the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven NL; the David Roberts Art Foundation in London UK; Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen BE; Kadist Art Foundation in Paris FR; BAK, Utrecht NL; de Appel, Amsterdam NL; the 4th Moscow Biennial, Moscow RU; the 7th Berlin Biennale in Berlin DE and the 1st Kochi-Muziris Biennial in Kochi IN 2012. He regularly publishes in books, newspapers and magazines – his written work appeared in NRC Handelsblad, de Groene Amsterdammer, Metropolis M, nY, Open and Manifesta Journal, among others.
Staal lives and works in Rotterdam NL
Jonas Staal at the DAI:
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