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Tracey Emin: Everybody Needs a Place to Think - Mixed Media

Everybody Needs a Place to Think
Mixed Media

Tracey Emin


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Mixed Media, 2002
Mixed Media Edition of 1500

Critical Review

This work was created in 2002 to commemorate the launch of the British Broadcasting Corporation’s new channel BBC Four. In response to her commission from the BBC, Emin created this screen printed handkerchief alongside a handwritten invitation to the launch party of the channel on 28 February, 2002. Typical of her wry sense of humour, this invitation read “Please bring this invitation with you, otherwise you’re not going to get in, Love, Tracey X”.

It seems only fitting that Emin should have produced a printed handkerchief for this particular commission, as BBC Four was created to showcase stirring and inspiring documentaries and dramas. As the title of the work would suggest, the new channel provided “a place to think”, while the execution of the work on a handkerchief itself signals the emotional nature of the programmes being broadcasted.

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