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Tracey Emin Surprises with Selfies of Sleepless Nights
Overwhelming intimacy of sleepless hours.
News 06 Feb 2019

Tracey Emin, best known for her creation “My Bed” 20 years ago, is back at age 55 with a new show focusing on her own memories and emotions arising from loss, pathos, anger and love.
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Image via Yahoo 
The White Cube gallery in Bermondsey London is pleased to present ‘A Fortnight of Tears’ by the British artist, which she describes as unleashing an “emotional timebomb” exploring what is important to her as she faces what she calls the third stage of her life.
Installed throughout the gallery’s spaces, this major exhibition includes sculpture, neon, painting, film, photography and drawing. With the most striking pieces confronting you upon entering the South Gallery I. Fifty double-hung selfies taken on Tracey’s iPhone from an on-going series taken at different moments and states during the artist’s periods of insomnia. Of course, being Tracey Emin, these aren’t the sort of Kardashian ‘duck-pout, filtered’ selfies you might expect while scrolling through Instagram. These are spontaneously taken self-portraits capturing her at her most raw, restless and vulnerable moments while struggling from lifes ups and downs. From hearing of her mum’s death, to selfies with her cat Docket, these unsettling and intimate close-ups, blown up in size and overwhelming in number, capture the habitual torment and desperation of these lonely wakeful hours.
This isn’t the first time Tracey has explored the art of taking selfies within her work. Tracey basically invented the art form in the 90s.
“Don’t be afraid to take the past head on,” Tracey Emin famously once said, which seems fitting in her most recent exhibition.
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Tracey Emin (B. 1963)  I’ve Got It All  image via Christie’s
The exhibition at London’s White Cube gallery opens on Wednesday and runs until April 7.

Text by Peigi Mackillop

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