So beautiful I cried: Rachel Whiteread, Jeremy Deller and more on the thrill of the Venice Biennale

Jeremy Deller unleashed a yacht-throwing colossus and Rachel Whiteread hit the streets with a vacuum cleaner six leading artists recall representing Britain at the arts extravaganza I was Indian and it didnt matter Anish Kapoor, before the so-called YBAs (Young British Artists); they were just leaving art school. Exposure on this scale, in my mid-30s, was extraordinary. As an artist, you have a certain kind of language you are trying to get into the world. At Venice, I had the experience, for the first time, of people reflecting back to me the work telling me, if you like, what I was doing. At the pavilion we gave out can you believe it? the first-ever bag with my name on it. …