Interview with Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller, guest editor of the special features section in our Summer issue, talks about his work in the British pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale

By Mark Rappolt

Jeremy Deller, We Sit Starving Amidst our Gold, British Pavilion, 2013, British Council commission Jeremy Deller, English Magic, Installation View, British Pavilion 2013, British Council commission Sacrilege, 2012, commissioned by Glasgow International Festival of visual Art 2012, photo: Angela Catlin, courtesy the artist, Art Concept, Paris, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One Is an Injury to All), 2001. Photo: Parisah taghizadeh. Courtesy the artist, Art Concept, Paris, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise So Many Ways to Hurt You (The Life and Times of Adrian Street), 2010, film still. Courtesy the artist, Art Concept, Paris, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise Acid Brass, 1997, performance in Regent’s Park, London, 2006. Courtesy the artist Jeremy Deller, British Pavilion, 2013, British Council commission

Jeremy Deller’s artwork spans a variety of media, from installations, processions and posters to documentary films. Among his best-known works are Acid Brass (1997), which fused traditional brass-band music with acid house, and The Battle of Orgreave (2001),a filmed re-enactment of the notorious conflict between miners and the police during the 1984–5 miners’ strike. Deller, who won the Turner Prize in 2004, also co-curated Folk Archive (2000–, with Alan Kane), a touring exhibition of contemporary British folk art. Last year…

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