Video artist Duncan Campbell wins the prestigious Turner Prize 2014
The Irish-born video artist was awarded Britain’s most publicised art award for his video It for Others, a segmented essay-film that examines the life, death and value of objects. The 50 minute film combines animation and archive footage, and was first shown at the Scottish pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2013. Campbell’s £25,000 award was a no surprise as it had been bookmakers’ favourite all along.
Watch the excitement of the announcement of Turner Prize 2014 award winner.
Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor announced the win yesterday at a dinner at Tate Britain live on Channel 4. Duncan Campbell was shortlisted for the Turner Prize along with artists Ciara Phillips, James Richards and Tris Vonna-Michell, choices which were severely criticised by various art commentators. This years’ Turner Prize exhibition lacked the traditional paintings and sculptures, and the visitors at Tate Britain were shown several films projected on a wall in a dark room. Previous provocative wins include last years’ installation artist Laure Prouvost and Damien Hirst.
Nevertheless, the jury had been extremely impressed with Duncan’s It for Others and described it for BBC News as ‘a work which speaks about the construction of value and meaning in ways that are topical and compelling’.
Turner Prize 2014 exhibition will continue to be on shown at Tate Britain in London until 4th of January, for more information or to book tickets visit here.
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