Jonas Staal (1981) is a visual artist whose work deals with the relation between art, propaganda, and democracy. Staal completed his PhD research on propaganda art at the PhDArts program of Leiden University, the Netherlands. 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, and commissioned by Framer Framed, he founded the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes (CICC). The CICC was first presented at framer Framed in 2021, followed by several iterations in Germany, Finland and South-Korea.
Exhibition-projects include Art of the Stateless State (Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, 2015), The Scottish-European Parliament (CCA, Glasgow, 2018), Museum as Parliament (with the Democratic Self-Administration of Rojava, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2018-ongoing) and We Demand a Million More Years (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, 2022). 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-Metz, the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul, Framer Framed in Amsterdam as well as the 7th Berlin Biennale, the 31st São Paulo Biennale, the 12th Taipei Biennale and the 14th Gwangju Biennale in South Korea.
Publications include Nosso Lar, Brasília (Jap Sam Books, 2014), Stateless Democracy (with co-editors Dilar Dirik and Renée In der Maur, BAK, 2015), Steve Bannon: A Propaganda Retrospective (Het Nieuwe Instituut, 2018), Propaganda Art in the 21st Century (The MIT Press, 2019), and Training for the Future Handbook (with co-editor Florian Malzacher, Sternberg Press, 2021). Together with Radha D’Souza, Jonas Staal has written a book on the Court for Intergenerational Climate Crimes. Published by Framer Framed, the book will be released in December 2023.
In 2023 Jonas Staal received the Prix de Rome for Visual Arts.