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.
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
Pedro Reyes’s participatory and political projects see:
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.