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) and the campaign New Unions (2016–19). With BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, he co-founded the New World Academy (2013-16) and with Florian Malzacher he directed the utopian training camp Training for the Future (2018-19). 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 Federation of North Syria, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, 2018-ongoing) and Obscure Union (with Laure Prouvost, Mercer Union, Toronto).
His projects have been exhibited widely at venues such as the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, as well as the 7th Berlin Biennial (2012), the 31st São Paulo Biennale (2014), The Oslo Architecture Triennale (2016) and the Warsaw Biennale (2019). Recent publications and catalogs 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) and Propaganda Art in the 21st Century (MIT Press, 2019, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/propaganda-art-21st-century). Staal completed his PhD research on propaganda art at the PhDArts program of Leiden University, The Netherlands.