‘Escaping the arts of governing: Notes on Jonas Staal’s PhD Defense’, Temporary Art Review

Jonas Staal’s PhD Defense, Great Auditorium, Leiden University Photo: Ruben Hamelink

Escaping the Arts of Governing: Notes on Jonas Staal’s PhD Defense

Jonas Staal declares himself to be a propaganda artist. Given the pressures to professionalize, it is unusual for an artist to describe themselves with a term often associated with authoritarianism. Yet, unlike many artists passing through formal art education, Staal has no interest in reflecting and commenting on the ambiguities of the world, but rather proposes to change it.

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