Politically and socially
charged, Jeremy Deller's works, such as the internationally celebrated
political/performance works Battle of Orgreave and Unconvention, incorporate
complex formal and performative elements
in a manner that undermines, among other conventions, notions of authorship
With the work, Battle of Orgreave, Jeremy Deller organized a historical
reenactment of a seminal event in recent British history.
Originally the conflict was, in effect an attempt by the Thatcher Administration
to destroy the class struggle and growing
political power of the Unions in Great Britain, which, in turn led to
a violent clash between police and coal miners in the city
of Orgreave, South Yorkshire.
With the equally ambitious work, Unconvention, Jeremy Deller, inspired
by Che Guevara, set out to
find a "relationship between love and revolution, aesthetic and political
radicalism, visual art and social history."
(Polly Staple, Art Monthly, Exhibitions, pg. 233).
Jeremy Deller managed to forge a connection between, among other things,
Andy Warhol, booths set up for political
organizations such as Amnesty International and Situationalist International,
Jenny Saville, Jackson Pollock, fans of the
band Manic Street Preachers, Martin Kippenburger, Documentary photographers
Robert Capa and Kevin Carter,
Picasso, the 80 member Pendyrus Male Choir and a lecture by social activist
Curator and critic, Matthew Higgs provides succinct illumination on the
"Each organization, each artwork, each document, each individual
accorded an emotional equanimity, unburdened
by the usual hierarchies, the usual distinctions between cultural artifacts
that art galleries so commonly reinforce.
Jeremy Deller's art is an art of democratization, one that demystifies
and liberates the construction of meaning,
empowering both its audience and participants alike"