Until 6 April 2014
‘Return Journey’ is an exhibition that functions as a unique journey around the United Kingdom. It presents artworks by artists from the UK which all address and refer to the various places in which the artist was born or raised. While looking at the land through artists’ eyes, the exhibition reflects upon ideas of childhood, biography, place, time and artistic development as well as upon the production and the language of art itself.
The show will feature Tracey Emin’s Why I Never Became a Dancer (1995). One of the Croydon-born artist’s earlier works, this video piece focuses on her childhood and early teenage years spent in Margate. Over opening shots panning around the seaside town, Emin narrates a confessional monologue of her boredom and frustration there – her early discovery of sex, her passion for dancing, and her growing disillusionment with men – and with small-town life. The artist recounts her humiliation at the hands of former conquests, who destroyed her dream of becoming local disco-dance champion, interrupting her performance with chants of ‘slag.’ Emin both exposes the hypocrisy of attitudes to female sexuality, and exorcises the pain of an incident from her own past. Finishing on a note of triumph – Emin twirling joyfully to disco music – the work transforms confession into empowerment.
This exhibition has been curated by Adam Carr, Visual Arts Programme Curator, MOSTYN.
A second part of the exhibition will take place at MOSTYN in 2017, exploring other areas of the UK.
‘Tracey Emin: Return Journey’
MOSTYN, 12 Vaughan Street
Tuesday - Sunday: 10.30am-5pm
Tracey Emin ‘Why I never became a dancer’ 1995 Duration: minutes seconds 35mm film/DVD
©Tracey Emin Courtesy White Cube