In 2001, Deller memorably joined forces with Artangel to make 'The Battle of Orgreave', a large scale re-enactment of the most notorious confrontation in the 1984 National Union of Mineworkers strike. The original dispute, which lasted for over a year and was the most bitterly fought since the general strike of 1926, marked a decisive turning point in the struggle between Margaret Thatcher’s government and the trade union movement. The restaging of events that took place in June 1984 at Orgreave coking plant featured almost 1,000 participants and involved a return to the battlefield in South Yorkshire for former miners, and a few former policemen who had been part of the original conflict, performing alongside historical re-enactors from up and down the country. The event was documented in a film by Mike Figgis, in which Deller states: “This isn’t about healing wounds; it’s going to take more than an art project to heal wounds. But it was definitely about confronting something; to look at it again and discuss it.”
'You treat this place like a Hotel', 2018, is a new edition for Artangel – a blue text on pink Perspex, immortalising Deller’s experience of family life in Dulwich before he eventually moved out.
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Jeremy Deller studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2003. Deller is a former trustee and Chair of Artangel and served on the board at Tate. In 2016, in collaboration with National Theatre director Rufus Norris, he masterminded the nationwide apparition 'We’re here because we’re here', summoning up the ghosts of soldiers going to the Somme, a centenary commission to mark the events of the First World War. Major solo exhibitions include: Fondazione Nicola Trussadi, Milan (2018); MOCA, Cleveland (2017); CRATE Space, Margate (2014); CA2M, Madrid (2015); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington (2014); Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh (2013); Venice Biennale, British Council, Venice (2013); Hayward Gallery, London (2012) touring to Wiels Centre for Contemporary Art, Brussels (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2012); and Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2013) among many others.Interested in consigning works by Jeremy Deller? Learn more »
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