Tracey Emin | 20 Years

  • 2nd August − 9th November 2008 | Modern One (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) | £6 (£4)


Margate is a seaside resort on the Kent coast, full of small hotels, guesthouses and amusement arcades and a funfair. Once popular with holidaymakers from London, Margate became a victim of cheap foreign travel and was, in Emin’s youth, an unfashionable place. Emin grew up in the hotel run by her parents, ‘Hotel International’. It consisted of six seafront guest-houses knocked together into one hotel with about eighty bedrooms.

For the teenage Emin, a normal evening consisted of going to a pub or a disco, eating chips and then having sex, because it was enjoyable and didn’t cost anything. Although Emin has lived in London for many years, she still regards Margate as home and much of her work refers to the town and to her childhood and teenage years there.


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