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Jeremy Deller 'Putin's Happy'

Kelvin Hall Lecture Theatre, 1445 Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AW

11 December 2019

The Common Guild and The Modern Institute are pleased to present the first showing in Scotland of Jeremy Deller’s new film, ‘Putin’s Happy’ (2019). Screening on the eve of a piviotal general election, Deller’s documentation of the demonstrations outside Parliament following Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, represents a heightened microcosm of current political divisiveness.

The film enagages with the often absurd xenophobia, isolationism, and misplaced patriotism revealed by the ongoing Brexit debate. Encountering conspiracy theorists, rampant anti-semites and yellow-vest protesters, the film highlights the grotesque details and eccentric decor of British populism’s fantasy world; revealing it’s tragicomic effects in reality as demonstrators reappear day in and day out.

Following the screening Deller will be joined in conversation by Director/Producer and collaborator, Jack Cocker.

Free but booking is essential. Please book via Eventbrite.

Jeremy Deller (b. 1966 in London; lives and works in London) 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 two decades which have influenced the conventional map of contemporary art. He began making artworks in the early 1990s, often showing them outside conventional galleries.

Jack Cocker is a Film director and producer based in Glasgow. He worked with Deller on the making of Putin’s Happy, 2019.