IN CONVERSATION WITH NATO THOMPSON
• Deller won the prestigious Turner Prize in 2004 for his documentary on George Bush and the 1993 siege of Waco, Texas.
• If you visited his piece representing Britain at the 55th Venice Biennale, English Magic, you would be greeted by a Hen Harrier Hawk holding Jeremy’s least favorite car, a Range Rover.
• He’s known for restaging the infamous Battle of Orgreave, a clash between miners and police in the South Yorkshire town.
Jeremy Deller has earned a reputation for creating transient, sometimes absurd, works that stage social and political happenings to highlight the importance of memory and the fluidity of human action. In 2001, Deller collaborated with miners and policemen in Orgreave, UK to re-stage the 1984 – 1985 clashes between the two parties. Winner of the 2004 Turner Prize, Deller navigates socio-political tensions with an open, generous, and collaborative approach. For his 2009 work It Is What It Is: Conversations about Iraq, commissioned by Creative Time, Deller traveled the United States in a car destroyed by a bomb in Baghdad, inviting journalists, Iraqi refugees, soldiers, and scholars to share their experiences.