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Represent your country at the People's United Nations (pUN)

The Queens Museum in New York City and Mexican artist Pedro Reyes are reconvening the United Nations—using regular people rather than diplomats, and theater games, group therapy techniques, and humor rather than diplomacy. With 97 delegates confirmed already, this is a great opportunity to meet an extraordinary range of people, laugh a lot, and learn about global issues and alternative conflict-resolution and social change techniques.

If you live in New York and come from, or have close family or work connections to one of the countries listed below, please get in touch! If you're in one of those countries but don't live in New York, but know someone who does, please pass this on.

pUN is fun. We hope you can participate.

 

When: Sat November 23 and Sun November 24, 10 – 5 pm

 

Where: The Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens NY

 

Who: People from cultural fields and many other disciplines who want to apply their imaginations to global issues. You do NOT have to prepare anything or be an expert on the affairs of your country. We simply ask that you bring your sense of humor! 

 

Why: If diplomacy and diplomats have failed to solve the world’s problems, maybe we should try other techniques, and other people!

 

How: We have located our existing delegates through the artist’s and museum’s personal networks; arts professional networks; and with the help of the (real) United Nations.

 

Will I be paid?: No. But all delegates will receive a print made by the artist especially for this occasion.

 

Sound interesting?: Contact Carolina Guillermet at cguillermet@queensmuseum.org and Larissa Harris atlharris@queensmuseum.org

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR...

 

East Africa: Eritrea, Comoros, Djibouti, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia, Mauritius

 

West Africa: Benin,  Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Gambia, Republic of Guinea , Guinea Bissau, Niger, Liberia, Mauritania,Togo

 

Middle Africa: Angola, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe, Chad, Gabon

 

North Africa:  South Sudan, Tunisia, Lybia

 

Southern Africa: Lesotho, Namibia, Botswana, Swaziland

 

Middle East: Qatar, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, Jordan

 

Oceania: Republic of Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Soloman Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Tuvalu, Palau

 

Europe: Armenia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Monaco, Andorra, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

 

South America: Paraguay

 

Central America : Nicaragua

 

Caribbean: Barbados, Grenada

 

Asia : Lao People's Democratic Republic, Bhutan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan

 http://www.queensmuseum.org/11155/pedro-reyes-the-people%E2%80%99s-un-pun

Pedro Reyes’s participatory and political projects see:

 www.pedroreyes.net

www.palasporpistolas.org

www.babymarx.com

www.textodepartida.org

 

The People's United Nations (pUN) is funded by Mexico's National Council for Culture and Arts (CONACULTA), Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, BBVA Bancomer, and The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York. Major production support provided by Lisson Gallery. Additional funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Special thanks to LABOR Gallery, Mexico City. Additional thanks to Galeria Luisa Strina, Sao Paulo; SOMA Summer, Mexico City; and Casa Vecina, Mexico City.





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