Tracey Emin Talks 'Love Is What You Want'

21/06/2011 18:18 | Updated 22 May 2015

If you've made a trip to London recently you'll probably have seen the Union Jack and naked bottom combination that advertises Tracey Emin's major retrospective at the Hayward Gallery.

The exhibition, Love is What You Want, is a fascinating survey encompassing all periods of the artist's career which sees co-curators Dr Cliff Lauson and Ralph Rugoff skilfully guide visitors through Emin's wide ranging output, opening with a selection of quilts positioned alongside Knowing My Enemy - a sculptural homage to her father which takes the form of a partially collapsed pier - and proceeding through neons, video, freehand monoprints and more.

Tracey Emin with her neon works at the Hayward GalleryPhoto: AP/Kirsty Wigglesworth

As well as the variety of work, visitors only familiar with Emin's unmade bed will also be surprised at the sense of humour and positivity which bursts through at odd moments - a particular delight is the film piece Why I Never Became a Dancer - as the artist invites attendees to share in all aspects of her life, whether good, bad or ugly.

Hit play on the video to find out more about the exhibition in Tracey's own words.

Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want is at Hayward Gallery until 29 August 2011


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