12.4 x 18.6 cm
Date of release: March 2010
The essay Post-Propaganda is a publication by the Fonds BKVB (now Mondriaan Fund), it was written by visual artist Jonas Staal. His argument is based on the deep-rooted relationship between the art institution and politics, a relationship that goes unacknowledged by both parties. The art institution refuses to question its supposed autonomy and to consider the way it functions from the perspective of socio-economic interests. Conversely, politics refuses to give up its untenably neutral position with respect to the arts. Politics persists in the ideal of a 'free' and 'independent' art, in spite of its far-reaching and direct interference in both funding and content. In doing so, politics denies its direct responsibility and power as the actual commissioning client of the art institution. The central question of this essay considers the precise nature of the political interests that bring about its involvement with the arts. It also asks how art currently functions as a means of political propaganda. What are the ideological foundations that contemporary art is supposed to portray?
With this manifesto, Jonas Staal aims to further the discussion about art and politics. He calls for a truly politicised art and an artification of politics. His goal is to oblige both parties to publicly re-appropriate and propagate the power over the formation, experience and execution of democracy.
Jonas Staal (1981) studied monumental art in Enschede, the Netherlands and Boston, MA. His work includes interventions in public space, exhibitions, lectures and publications. In all cases he emphatically engages with political subjects and developments.
The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, known in the Netherlands as Fonds BKVB, is the national body responsible for enabling visual artists, designers, architects and cultural mediators to develop their work in a variety of ways. To achieve this goal, the Fonds BKVB follows a three-track policy: subsidies, internationalisation and special projects.
The core activity of the Fonds BKVB is to provide subsidies to individual visual artists, designers, architects and cultural mediators. In addition to subsidies for beginning artists and financial assistance for applicants at the basic level to help them continue their work, the Fonds BKVB also provides grants for projects, research, new work, continuing education abroad, travel, publications, etc. The aim of the various grants is to stimulate contemporary visual art, design and/or architecture in the Netherlands. For more information: Mondriaan Fonds