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Dublin-born artist Duncan Campbell has won the Turner Prize

His winning work is about… Well, it’s complicated. Read on…

DUNCAN CAMPBELL, THE Dublin-born film artist, has won the prestigious Turner Prize for 2014.

His win was announced by actor Chiwetel Ejiofor in a televised Channel 4 ceremony this evening. The Glasgow-based artist had been favourite to win ahead of tonight’s event.

Best-known for his films about figures like political activist Bernadette Devlin and car manufacturer John DeLorean, his winning work ‘It for Others’ is described as follows on the Tate Modern’s website:

“…his response to the admired 1953 film by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais called Statues Also Die, which looked at how the meaning of African artefacts was changed by displaying them in Western museums.

It was made for Scotland’s pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, and includes new work by choreographer Michael Clark. Campbell says it is about ‘how you can understand certain histories through objects.

Admittedly, that description doesn’t doesn’t really do justice to the 54-minute work.

So here’s the artist himself speaking about the project:

Source: Tate/YouTube

The jury awarded him the prize “in recognition of an ambitious and complex film which rewards repeated viewing”.

The press release continues…

The jury admired his exceptional dedication to making a work which speaks about the construction of value and meaning in ways that are topical and compelling.

The prize is worth £25,000.

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Each of the other three shortlisted artists get £5,000 each.

First awarded in 1984, The Turner Prize has become one of the most famous art awards in the world over the last three decades.

Previous winners include Gilbert & George, Grayson Perry and Damien Hirst.

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