Duncan Campbell Wins Turner Prize

duncanportraitArt Basel Miami Beach week kicks off with some breaking news from across the pond: Duncan Campbell is the winner of this year’s Turner Prize. The Dublin-born, Glasgow-based artist is known for his films about controversial figures such as Irish political activist Bernadette Devlin and automotive superstar/conman John DeLorean.

In accepting the £25,000 prize (approximately $40,000 at current exchange) from presenter Chiwetel Ejiofor (star of 1999 Turner Prize winner Steve McQueen‘s 12 Years a Slave) this evening at a ceremony at Tate Britain, Campbell bested the rest of the shortlist: Ciara Phillips, James Richards, and Tris Vonna-Michell. Here’s an excerpt from the winning work, If for Others (2013), a response to Statues Also Die, a 1953 film essay by Chris Marker and Alain Resnais about historical African art and colonialism. Made for the Scottish pavilion at this year’s Venice Biennale, Campbell’s film includes archival footage and photos, reenactments and monologues, as well as new work by choreographer Michael Clark.