Film Screening: Duncan Campbell’s It For Others (2013)
Friday 27 March, 7.30pm, ATLAS Arts Office, Portree, Skye
Friday 3 April, 7.30pm, Gallery One, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist
For Where I Am, Taigh Chearsabhagh and ATLAS Arts host a pan-island screening of Duncan Campbell’s Turner Prizewinning work It For Others (2013) This moving image work explores issues of cultural imperialism and commodity in a complex layering of archival material, modern day commodities, and a performance made in collaboration with the Michael Clark Dance Company. The artist created this work in response to French filmmakers Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’ essay film Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also Die) from 1953.
“When people die, they enter history
When statues die, they enter art
This botany of death is what we call culture”
Les Statues meurent aussi (Statues also Die, 1953)
It For Others was originally commissioned by The Common Guild for Scotland + Venice 2013.
About the artist
Duncan Campbell (b.1972 in Dublin, Ireland) lives and works in Glasgow. He completed a BA at the University of Ulster, Belfast, in 1996 and an MFA at The Glasgow School of Art in 1998. Campbell creates films by combining archival and new material often about controversial figures and or subjects such as Bernadette Devlin by merging his material in this way he questions and subverts the assumed hierarchical structure of the traditional documentary format.