|The judges called Duncan Campbell's work 'an ambitious and complex film which rewards repeated viewing'. Photograph: Drew Farrell/The Observer|
It was by no means a surprise. Campbell, aged 42 and probably the best known of the four artists shortlisted, had been the bookmakers’ favourite all along to take a prize created 30 years ago to “promote discussion of new developments in contemporary British art”.
His film, It for Others, was first seen at the Scottish pavilion of the Venice Biennale in the summer of 2013.
The Turner prize judges called it “an ambitious and complex film which rewards repeated viewing”. They also “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 film was inspired by a 1953 work by Alain Resnais and Chris Marker called Statues Also Die, which explored and lamented the colonial commercialisation of African art.