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Jeremy Deller

b. London, U.K, 1966; lives and works in London, U.K.

Jeremy Deller makes film and installation, frequently in a collaborative mode and using tropes of documentary filmmaking. His work has a strong political aspect, both in terms of the subjects addressed but also in the devaluation of artistic ego through the involvement of other people in the creative process. This is evident in a number of projects that involve community organisations, educational contexts and participatory forms of production. In ways that present a blurring of fact and fiction, documentary and speculation, Deller offers a re-imagining and re-telling of British history, often through the lens of lesser recorded folk traditions and contemporary lore. It is in the poetic juxtaposition of counter-cultural histories with an analysis of the socio-political climates that surround them that Deller is able to offer a new sense of these communities and their stories. A conceptual artist at heart, his outcomes, however, feel more like a contemporary archiving of alternate histories of Britain, placing the people that make them at the centre of the work.

Jeremy Deller won the Turner Prize in 2004. Current and recent projects include Ridiculously yours! Art, Awkwardness and Enthusiasm, Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn (2023); Pigeon Park 2, Pigeon Park, London (2022); Warning Graphic Content, The Modern Institute, 3 Aird's Lane, Glasgow (2021); Folk Archive, The Burton at Bideford, Bideford (2020); Sacrilege, Parco CityLife, Milan (2018); The Infinitely Variable Ideal of the Popular, Fundación Proa, Buenos Aires (2015); English Magic, British Pavillion, Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); Joy In People, Hayward Gallery, London (2012); and It Is What It Is: Conversations About Iraq, The New Museum, New York (2009).

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