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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.


KOKOLI, A.M. 2010. On probation: 'Tracey Emin' as sign. Wasafiri [online], 25(1), pages 33-40. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 12, 2010
Online Publication Date Feb 12, 2010
Publication Date Mar 31, 2010
Deposit Date Mar 1, 2012
Publicly Available Date Mar 1, 2012
Journal Wasafiri
Print ISSN 0269-0055
Electronic ISSN 1747-1508
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 1
Pages 33-40
Keywords Literature; Literary theory; Cultural studies
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