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On probation; 'Tracey Emin' as sign.

Kokoli, Alexandra M.


Alexandra M. Kokoli


Emin’s multimedia practice is not merely profoundly autobiographical, narrating intimate details of her teens in Margate and beyond, but has become emblematic of a genre of confessionalism, which attracts popular attention, if not always critical acclaim. Many of the journalistic, art historical and curatorial discourses that have emerged around this genre and Emin, in particular, conflate artist and celebrity in a way that flippantly detracts from any critical evaluation of art practice and even, occasionally, devolves into derision, implicitly hinging on the artist’s gender, class and racial identity. Only recently has Emin begun to be represented as an establishment figure in the press, even being courted by David Cameron’s Conservative Party.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 31, 2010
Journal Wasafiri
Print ISSN 0269-0055
Electronic ISSN 1747-1508
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 1
Pages 33-40
Institution Citation KOKOLI, A.M. 2010. On probation; 'Tracey Emin' as sign. Wasafiri [online], 25(1), pages 33-40. Available from:


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