What Is British Identity?
“I think all my work around British Identity is definitely me trying to understand it.”
Amidst the vibrant backdrop of his studio in North London, Jeremy Deller takes us on a journey through his 30-year-long artistic investigation of British culture, history, and identity. Read more …
Deller’s work reflects an insatiable curiosity and ability to seamlessly weave historical narratives with contemporary themes. From an inflatable version of the Stone Henge to “Everybody in the Place,” a film about how 80es dance music changed the political and cultural landscape, Deller’s works are as diverse as the people and stories that shape the British identity.
“You can’t get things done if you don’t work with people”
A key element of Deller’s practice is working with groups and communities. Among recent projects, he worked with the fans of Arsenal Football Club to create a series of large artworks for the exterior of the Emirates Stadium. “I like working with groups of people and how the work can change because the public changes it,” Deller explains.
”The point about British identity is that no one really knows what it is… that’s probably why it’s so good to work with.”
From film and performances to graphic work and merchandise, all of Deller’s work acts as a mirror, reflecting the complexities and contradictions of British society. From music and fashion to sporting events and public celebrations, Deller believes that these cultural touchstones play a crucial role in shaping societal identities.
Jeremy Deller is born in London in 1966. His practice encompasses installations, performances, videos, and public collaborations. He was awarded the Turner Prize in 2004 and represented Great Britain at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. Deller’s collaborative projects include “We’re Here Because We’re Here,” where volunteers dressed as World War I soldiers for a collective remembrance experience. His works have been exhibited internationally, including Buenos Aires, Hong Kong, Mexico City, New York City, Moscow, Singapore, Tokyo, and Copenhagen.
Jeremy Deller was interviewed by Nanna Rebekka in his studio in North London in February 2023 and during the installation of his solo exhibition “Welcome to the Shitshow” at Charlottenborg Kunsthal in Copenhagen.
Camera: Kyle Stevenson, Simon Weyhe
Produced and edited by: Nanna Rebekka
Copyright: Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, 2023
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