Jeremy Deller at the Venice Biennale

Jeremy Deller in conversation with Ralph Rugoff / the IHME Days 2015. Photo: Kai Widell

Jeremy Deller, the artist of the IHME Project 2015  is presented in the 56th International Art Exhibition titled All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor and organized by the Venice Biennale.

In his show Deller explores the question of life and working conditions in factories, based on archival materials from the nineteenth century through the present. He unites industrial workers’ daily live, loves, and grievances with a jukebox of work songs. The songs trace the origins of heavy metal music to the clang of machinery on the factory floor. The rarely seen photographic prints of unidentified female iron workers, dating from 1865, accompany a banner bearing the text “Hello, today you have the day off”. In this collection of objects Deller excavates the painful vestiges of Britain’s transition to a postindustrial society. Deller also presents a cappella vocal performance of work songs in the ARENA. The performance is based on song sheets that were also sold in the streets. These early factory songs were a cross between folk and popular music.

The exhibition All the World’s Future as well as Jeremy Deller’s works are open to the public from May 9th to November 22nd, 2015 at the Giardini Central Pavillion in Venice.

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