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Living Monuments: In conversation with Jeremy Deller and Ian Giles

Join us for a discussion with Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller and director Ian Giles as they explore historical reenactments and street theatre. Chaired by Sonia Solicari.

Photograph still from artist Jeremy Deller's The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One is an Injury to All) depicting clashes between police and protestors The Battle of Orgreave (An Injury to One is an Injury to All), 17 June 2001. Courtesy of Jeremy Deller and The Modern Institute / Toby Webster Ltd., Glasgow

5.15-6.45pm | Living Monuments: In conversation with Jeremy Deller and Ian Giles

Join Turner Prize winner Jeremy Deller and artist Ian Giles as they engage in a post-show conversation about the significance and role of reenactments, street theatre and everyday magic within their practices. Chaired by Sonia Solicari this discussion will delve into the idea of “living monuments”. 

Jeremy Deller will talk about his seminal work Battle of Orgreave which recreated the 1984 miners' strike with a cast of 1,000 former miners. He will speak about We’re Here Because We’re Here, a nationwide performance to commemorate the First World War. 

Ian Giles will reflect on the process of making On Railton Road, a play about Brixton’s 1970s gay squats co-created with playwright Louis Rembges. He will talk about bringing archives to life and sharing LGBTQ+ histories via performance. 

This will be a discursive event chaired by Sonia Solicari, Director at Museum of the Home, known for its room sets that narrate stories and tell history through homes. 

Following the conversation there will be an audience Q&A. 


This event is a response to the Museum's current play, On Railton Road

We're thrilled to be hosting a 3-week run of On Railton Road, a play reenacting the LGBTQIA+ history of squatting in South London, and the formation of the first housing co-ops. 

Image Courtesy Of Jeremy Deller Image courtesy of Jeremy Deller

About Jeremy Deller

Jeremy Deller b.1966, London; lives and works in London. He studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute and at Sussex University. Deller won the Turner Prize in 2004 for his work ‘Memory Bucket’, and represented Britain in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. He has been producing projects over the past three decades which have influenced the conventional map of contemporary art. 


Ian Giles Portrait By Rob Harris Ian Giles, Portrait by Rob Harris

About Ian Giles

Ian Giles b. 1985, Gloucester; lives and works in London. Working across film, performance and social practice, he fosters new networks to record and celebrate LGBTQI+ histories and experiences. Upon graduating from the Slade School of Fine Art MFA in 2012 he was a LUX Associate Artist. His films and performances have been shown at galleries including: Whitechapel Gallery, Kettle’s Yard, NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1, Stedelijk Museum, Chisenhale Gallery, Grand Union and Spike Island. 


Saturday 11 November 2023



Museum of the Home - 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

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