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Not currently on display at the V&A
On short term loan out for exhibition

Speak to the earth and it will show you

Bag
2003 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This bag was one of a series of four that Deller designed to be given away at the first Frieze Art Fair in London, October 2003. The bag functioned as a work of public art, randomly disseminated by those who visited the Fair, but it is also as an example of art sponsorship, and a souvenir of a major art world event.

Carrying a bag, especially a bag that has an brand or a logo, has become a facet of an individual’s self-image and public identity The carrier bag is a portable advertisement, not only for the product but also for the person carrying it - giving the rest of us some clue to their wealth, life-style choices, and aspirations. Here Deller exploits this idea of the bag as a status symbol. It is a tool for communication, a means of transmitting coded signals to other members of our 'tribe'. The bag has become an emblem, like a badge of belonging, that connects us to those who can read the signs. But at the same time, Deller's bags, with their intriguing messages, act to tantalise or bemuse the uninitiated.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleSpeak to the earth and it will show you (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Line-block on plastic
Brief description
Plastic carrier bag for Frieze Art Fair 2003, by Jeremy Deller
Physical description
Pink plastic carrier bag lettered with title
Dimensions
  • Height: 45cm
  • Width: 35cm
Production typeLimited edition
Marks and inscriptions
  • Speak to the earth and it will show you
  • To be distributed free (Lettered in fold at bottom of bag)
Credit line
Given by Gill Saunders
Production
Attribution note: Produced in an un-numbered edition of 1000 and given away free at Frieze Art Fair, 2003
Reason For Production: Exhibition
Summary
This bag was one of a series of four that Deller designed to be given away at the first Frieze Art Fair in London, October 2003. The bag functioned as a work of public art, randomly disseminated by those who visited the Fair, but it is also as an example of art sponsorship, and a souvenir of a major art world event.

Carrying a bag, especially a bag that has an brand or a logo, has become a facet of an individual’s self-image and public identity The carrier bag is a portable advertisement, not only for the product but also for the person carrying it - giving the rest of us some clue to their wealth, life-style choices, and aspirations. Here Deller exploits this idea of the bag as a status symbol. It is a tool for communication, a means of transmitting coded signals to other members of our 'tribe'. The bag has become an emblem, like a badge of belonging, that connects us to those who can read the signs. But at the same time, Deller's bags, with their intriguing messages, act to tantalise or bemuse the uninitiated.
Collection
Accession number
E.3540-2004

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Record createdFebruary 21, 2005
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