Propaganda Art in the 21st Century

Free Public Lecture

Propaganda Art in the 21st Century

Melbourne Law School
Theatre G08, Ground Level
185 Pelham Street


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Terms such as “fake news” and “alternative facts” have become common vocabulary in the so-called post-truth era. But there is a sense in which these are just contemporary iterations of a familiar phenomenon: propaganda. Propaganda is not merely concerned with sending messages – its aim is to construct reality as such.

How is propaganda employed today in alt-right regimes, the ongoing War on Terror and corporate climate crimes? How do art and culture visualise and stage new realities in the making? And what alternative practices of emancipatory propaganda emerge from popular mass movements and stateless insurgencies? In this introduction to his book Propaganda Art in the 21st Century (MIT Press: 2019), artist Jonas Staal elaborates on what he describes as today’s arena of the propaganda (art) struggle.

For preparatory reading, see Jonas Staal, “Propaganda (Art) Struggle”, e-flux journal #94,

This event is supported by Melbourne Law School, Curatorial Practice at Monash University and Liquid Architecture. Jonas Staal’s visit to Australia is also supported by University of New South Wales – Art and Design.


  • Mr Jonas Staal