Jeremy Deller's people
The artist talks about the heroes, collaborators and characters that populate his work
Jeremy Deller's Hayward Gallery exhibition 'Joy in People' highlights his interest in social groups, social and political activities and unique individuals from all walks of life. He tells Time Out about some of the people who have inspired his work.
2. Ed Hall, Banner-maker
'I found Ed when I was looking for contemporary examples of folk art and saw his banners in Brixton, made after the bombing there. They totally blew me away. He’s made banners for the Lawrence family, about racism in football, pretty much every political event since the GLC. With Ed, it’s about him as a person as well as his work: he’s an embodiment of his work and his work is an embodiment of him. He’s working in a great tradition of protest banners yet bringing something new to it. He’s a craftsman with a political context, in the tradition of William Morris. He makes things of great beauty from situations that can be quite ugly or unpleasant. What I love about Ed's work is that through his banners you can see an alternative history of London.'