Comprising texts, videos and even clothing (jacket, pictured), Deller’s installation is part artwork, part archive. A little confusingly, it commemorates both the Battle of Orgreave – the confrontation between striking miners and the police that occurred at the Orgreave Coking Plant in Yorkshire on 18 June 1984 – and Deller’s own re-enactment, ‘The Battle of Orgreave’, filmed in 2000 and featuring some of the miners from the original clash. Their feelings about what took place are parcelled up in this profoundly moving work. It’s a twentyfirst- century update of the idea of history painting that actively engages with how the past gets recorded and remembered.
'The Battle of Orgreave' by Jeremy Deller. Archive (An Injury to One is an Injury to All) Wall painting, paint on fibreboard, vinyl text, map, books, jacket, shield, printed papers, 2 videos and audio Tate © Jeremy Deller. Commissioned and produced by Artangel