Jonas Staal

    artist and BAK Research Fellow, Rotterdam

    Jonas Staal is an artist who studied monumental art in the Netherlands and the US. He is a PhD researcher in contemporary propaganda at the University of Leiden, Leiden, whose work includes interventions in public space, exhibitions, lectures, and publications and focuses on the relationship between art, politics, and ideology. Staal is the founder of both the artistic and political organization New World Summit and, together with BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, New World Academy, an alternative art platform that connects stateless political organizations to artists and students. He is also the initiator of the Ideological Guide to the Venice Biennale, a free smartphone app that provides insight on the social, political, economic and overall ideological backgrounds of every pavilion in the 2013 Venice Biennale. His most recent publications include: Nosso Lar Brasília: Spiritism, Modernism, Architecture (2014); Art, Property of Politics III: Closed Architecture (2011); Power?… To Which People?! (2010); and Post-propaganda (2009). His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions including: Art Under a Dangerous Star, Studio Gallery, Budapest, 2014; Don’t Embarrass the Bureau, Lunds Konsthall, Lund, 2014; the 7th Berlin Biennale, Berlin, 2012; Enacting Populism, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris, 2012; 1:1 Hans van Houwelingen & Jonas Staal, Extra City Kunsthal Antwerpen, Antwerp, 2011–2012; Tricksters Tricked—(un)covering identity, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2010; and History of Art, the, David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 2010. He regularly publishes in newspapers and magazines such as e-flux journal, de Groene Amsterdammer, Manifesta Journal, Metropolis M, and NRC Handelsblad. Staal lives and works in Rotterdam.