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The Turner Prize 2003

Death, decay, disgust - after last year's low-key affair, no one could accuse the Turner Prize 2003 of being short on provocation.
In the end the Chapman brothers lost out to people's favourite, Grayson Perry - and 'quiet man' Willie Doherty won a new set of admirers. Our reviewer Carol Murphy profiles him...

Willie Doherty

Click here for the other Turner Prize nominees: Jake & Dinos Chapman>>, Anya Gallaccio>> and Grayson Perry>>

Willie DohertyBeginnings: born in 1959 in Derry in Northern Ireland. Studied at the Ulster Polytechnic, Belfast.

Past form: first came to light in 1985 with a series of black and white photographs which juxtaposed bleak, empty landscapes with suggestive or 'loaded' text, offering ambiguous interpretations of the political climate of Northern Ireland. Lives and works in Derry and even though most of his videos are filmed there, his work can also be linked to his explorations of perception, fiction, conflict, interpretation and memory.

Nominated this year for:
Re-Run (2002), a two-screen video installation of a man running across an empty bridge at night. This is projected in a continual loop to give the impression of being trapped in a repetitive void of pursuit. But is he the hunter or the hunted?

The inside view: does not offer the same hype as the Chapman brothers or Grayson Perry. His work is at a different pace.

Detail of Willie Doherty's Re-Run (2002)
Detail of Re-Run (2002). Video installation at Tate Britain. Video. Courtesy Tate

How likely to win?: not the bookies' favourite, despite missing out on the Turner Prize nine years ago.

Ever hear from again?: certainly. He is represented by the Matts Gallery in London and has shows all over Europe.

We say: an apparently serious artist but does not seem to be
offering us anything new (if that is indeed important). Re-Run appears to be just that, a re-staged version of the piece he was nominated for way back in 1994.

The Turner Prize 2003 is at Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1.Tel: 020 7887 8000. Daily 10.00 - 17.50 until 11 January 2004
Web: Tate Britain
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Now go on to Jake & Dinos Chapman>> or Anya Gallaccio>> or Grayson Perry>> or go to our Galleries index for more on London's visual arts scene


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