Mark Wallingers anti-war protest replica wins Turner Prize

December 4th, 2007 - 1:16 pm ICT by admin  

London, Dec 4 (ANI): British artist Mark Wallinger has won the prestigious Turner Prize for his replica of the one-man anti-war protest in Parliament Square, State Britain.

When short-listed for the 25,000 pounds award, Wallinger submitted a film of himself dressed as a bear lurking Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie for 10 nights in a row.

But the 48-year-old artist is most well-known for State Britain , a thorough reconstruction of the peace camp set up outside Parliament in London by anti-Iraq war protester Brian Haw.

Wallinger was presented with the prize by Hollywood star and keen art collector Dennis Hopper at a ceremony at the Tate Liverpool gallery.

“I am indebted to all those people who contributed to the making of State Britain,” BBC quoted Wallinger, as saying.

Wallinger was a frontrunner in the Turner race for his 90,000 pounds installation, which recreates everything from Brian Haw’s protest in Parliament Square in 2001.

Sources say that the artist employed 15 people for six months to make State Britain.

“Brian Haw is a remarkable man who has waged a tireless campaign against the folly and hubris of our government’s foreign policy,” Wallinger said.

“For six-and-a-half years he has remained steadfast in Parliament Square, the last dissenting voice in Britain. Bring home the troops, give us back our rights, trust the people,” he added.

The jury applauded Wallinger for its “immediacy, visceral intensity and historic importance”.

“The work combines a bold political statement with art’s ability to articulate fundamental human truths, the said.

The Turner Prize, named for 19th-century landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, was established in 1984 to honour young artists. (ANI)

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