10:00pm – Tuesday, October 25 on ABC1
Virginia Trioli talks to Tracey Emin, one of the leaders of the Young British Artists better known as the YBAs, the contemporary movement supported and collected by Charles Saatchi.
In this revealing interview, Emin discusses the confronting, deeply personal nature of her art which commands huge prices. The challenging nature of her work is matched by her outlandish behaviour including a drunken appearance on British television.
Born to a Turkish Cypriot father and an often absent mother, Emin used her art to pull herself out of a deeply troubled adolescence. She left school at 13, and growing up there was alcohol abuse, a suicide attempt, an abortion: but always there was art and her acerbic wit.
This interview coincides with a major exhibition, British ArtNow, at the Art Gallery of South Australia featuring the collection of Charles Saatchi including Tracey Emin’s infamous work My Bed which she created during a difficult time in her life.