duncan campbell wins 2014 turner prize

The Dublin-born artist picks up the award from British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

by Tish Weinstock
Dec 2 2014, 1:01pm

Pipping the likes ofJames Richards, Ciara Phillips and Tris Vonna-Michell to the post, filmmaker Duncan Campbell has won the 2014 Turner Prize, on its 30thanniversary. With the judges describingIt for Others, a 54-minute film which was originally shown in Scotland's pavilion at Venice Biennale, as ''an ambitious and complex film which rewards repeated viewing", last night was an emotional affair for the Dublin-born artist.

"Even being nominated for the prize has given me great heart,'' he said as he accepted the £25,000 award from British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor. Responding to Chris Marker and Alan Resnais's 53 film essay, Statues Also Die, about historical African art and colonialism, It for Others fuses archive footage with new material, and includes a surreal dance sequence inspired by Karl Marx's Das Kapital. He's the fourth graduate from Glasgow School of Art to win the prize in 10 years. Work by all of this year's nominees will continue to be on show at Tate Britain until 4 January.


Text Tish Weinstock
Stills It for Others, 2013, Courtesy of Duncan Campbell and Rodeo Gallery.