Jeremy Deller's exhibition in the Venice Biennale
Artist: Jeremy Deller
Date of Action: August 2021
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Confronting Bodies: The British Council
Description of Artwork: Posters depiciting two protected harrier hen hawks and a banner emblazoned with the words "Prince Harry Kills Me", were planned as part of artist Jeremy Deller's British pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
The Incident: At the behest of the British Council, the posters and banner were left out of the exhibition. "We asked Jeremy to reconsider the banner and poster … on the grounds that it could potentially be misconstrued in environments where the British army is currently deployed and perceived to be disrespectful of those who had lost their lives," said a British Council spokesman.
Results of Incident: Jeremy Deller agreed to remove the piece from the exhibition, and the exhibition was shown without it.