artists / curators / writers
Country of residence United Kingdom
Jeremy Deller was born in London and studied the history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
Deller is best-known for his Battle of Orgreave (2001), a recreation of the actual Battle of Orgreave which occurred during the UK miners' strike in 1984.
In 1997, Deller embarked on Acid Brass, a musical collaboration with the Williams Fairey Brass Band from Stockport. The project was based on fusing the music of a traditional brass band with acid house and Detroit techno.
Deller was winner of the Turner Prize in 2004. His show at Tate Britain included documentation on Battle of Orgreave and an installation Memory Bucket (2003), a documentary about Crawford, Texas – the hometown of George W Bush – and the siege in nearby Waco.
In 2006, he was involved in a touring exhibit of contemporary British folk art, in collaboration with Alan Kane. In late 2006 he instigated The Bat House Project, an architectural competition open to the public for a bat house on the outskirts of London.
Much of Deller's work is collaborative. His work has a strong political aspect, in the subjects dealt with and also the devaluation of artistic ego through the involvement of other people in the creative process. Folk Archive is a tour of "people's art", outside of the contemporary art institution. Much of his work is ephemeral in nature and avoids commodification.