Public lecture

IAS Lecture: Popular Propaganda Art

  • 20 March 2019
  • 11am - 1pm
  • Martin Hall MHL 117a/b

Propaganda art has long been discredited as a byproduct of the age of totalitarianism. But is propaganda by definition a force of mass manipulation and indoctrination?

From the first and second anti-colonial propaganda movements in the Philippines to the call for a “feminist propaganda art” by Lucy Lippard, there are various alternative historiographies that articulate the possibility of a popular propaganda art as a project of mass emancipation. In this lecture, Staal will introduce his research on various conflicting forms of propaganda art in the 21st century, with an emphasis on the manifold performative assemblies of precarious peoples across the world, that articulate new forms of emerging power in squares and occupied universities. 
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–ongoing). 
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