He was the favourite to win out of the four artists nominated for this year’s Turner Prize, Duncan Campbell, the artist, the filmmaker, and now the Turner Prize Winner. Receiving the award didn’t surprise anyone. However, his ‘essay film’ titled ‘It for Others’, did.
The Turner Prize is awarded yearly to a British visual artist, one who has to meet a demanding criterion. The winner has to be under 50, living, working or born in Britain AND be thought to have put on the best exhibition within the previous 12 months. Not a lot to ask then… This year’s short list included printmaker Ciara Phillips, filmmaker Tris Vonna-Michell, another filmmaker James Richards, and last but not least, a third filmmaker and the worthy winner, Duncan Campbell.
Campbell is known for creating work about controversial figures; work which tackles power struggles and other complex issues. He is also known for creating pieces that blend together old footage with new material that in turn questions and challenges the standard documentary norms.
The winning creation, ‘It for Others’, delves deeper into the colonial commercialisation of African art that his inspirations, Alain Resnais and Chris Marker, touched upon in the 1953 film ‘Statues Also Die’. The 54-minute film explores the value of art through varying forms, including IRA martyrdom and Marxist theory.
You can catch the exhibition at the Tate Britain until 4th January 2015.