UK: Turner Prize switches to video: Irish artist wins award for film about African art, and wait for it, colonialism

Irish artist Duncan Campbell has been named winner of this year’s Turner Prize for a video that tackles African art and colonialism. [The photo above is taken from the video.]

unnamed-20Damien Hirst’s winning 1995 entry included a cow and a calf cut in half and preserved in formaldehyde

Mr Campell’s video, ‘It for Others’, was inspired by a 1953 documentary about African art, featuring a dance sequence created with choreographer Michael Clark.

However his £25,000 win comes following criticism this year’s nominees have turned the event into one that is ‘sober, respectful, polite, middle aged’ and lacks the fun and excitement of previous entries…


Isn’t colonialism getting a little stale? Perhaps this is what is meant by ‘sober, respectful, polite, middle aged.’ It is just not art if it isn’t grotesque and ugly, like the cow thing. Yuck.

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  • Rosenmops

    This so-called art is a steaming pile of crap.

    • Frau Katze

      It’s very odd that the cow thing would be called art. Decline & fall symptom.

    • Jason

      So if art is at least partially representative (a snapshot) of the state of a society … something doesn’t smell right around here.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    He’s tackling colonialism?
    How brave of him.

    This is 50-60 years AFTER Africa was decolonized. Then it turned itself into the war-torn and famine beleaguered steaming dung heap that we all know and love today as it pumps poverty, disease, violence and ignorance into the civilized world.

    Were he really brave he would have had an art exhibit that called for the neocolonialism of Africa, widespread population controls upon her people, and the utter supplanting of all indigenous African cultures, along with all of their rights of self government.
    Either that or we block all aid, trade, and travel and essentially put a wall around the place.