- Duncan Campbell
Every year the Tate Gallery in London bestows the prestigious Turner Prize on a British artist under 50 years, and at the end of 2014, this award went to artist Duncan Campbell for his 54-minute “essay film” that uses dance, the IRA, Marxism and anthropomorphic ketchup dispensers to explore the value of art. The film was inspired by a 1953 work by Alain Resnais and Chris Marker called Statues Also Die, which explored and lamented the colonial commercialization of African art. It will be shown with Campbell’s earlier work, Bernadette (2008, 38 mins), which presents an unravelling, open-ended story of the female Irish dissident and political activist, Bernadette Devlin. Campbell was interested in fusing documentary and fiction in order to assess both the subject matter and the mode of communicating it.