Turner Prize 2014 won by Irish film artist Duncan Campbell

Story highlights

  • Irish artist Duncan Campbell takes home the 2014 Turner Prize, worth £25,000
  • Past recipients include Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin and Chris Ofili
  • Mixed reviews circle the media as critics and audiences debate Campbell's work
A film that features a dance routine inspired by Karl Marx and examines African art has won Britain's most prestigious and controversial art prize.
The Turner Prize, which is worth £25,000 ($40,000), was awarded to the Irish film artist Duncan Campbell in a glittering ceremony last night.
His film, It For Others, which was described by the panel as "an ambitious and complex film which rewards repeated viewing", is a response to a "film essay" from 1953 about African art and colonialism.
This archive footage is interspersed with new material, including a dance routine based on the equations in Karl Marx's seminal work, "Das Kapital," created by the choreographer Michael Clark.
All of this is overlaid with a voiceover that imitates the style of a lecture.
A still from It For Others 2013, the Turner Prize winning film by Duncan Campbell
Inevitable controversy
The critical response has been largely hostile, with commentators describing Campbell's video as "overlong," "baffling," and "hectoring."
The judging panel, however, admired the artist's "exceptional dedication to making a work which speaks about the construction of value and meaning in ways that are topical and compelling."