Guest host Razia Iqbal speaks to contemporary artist Tracey Emin. Emin talks about the moments that shaped and inspired her voice, including her family's sudden poverty, her sexual encounters with older men as a teenage girl, and her emergence as one of Britain's most famous and controversial visual artists.How I Found My Voice is a new Intelligence Squared podcast that explores how some of the world's greatest artists and thinkers became such compelling – and unique – communicators.
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Another chance to hear artist Tracey Emin's Desert Island Discs, with Sue Lawley, first broadcast in November 2004.
Tracey Emin is one of the most successful and controversial artists to emerge during the 1990s. Her work was championed early on by influential art dealer Jay Jopling and later by the collector Charles Saatchi. Her work is highly autobiographical and confessional. A talented drawer and painter, she has attracted most attention for her art installations - including her tent, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With and the Turner Prize-nominated My Bed. Her art is adored and condemned in equal measure, but wherever she exhibits she attracts queues and has a room at Tate Britain dedicated to her work. She was brought up in Margate.
To launch Cultural Exchange, artist Tracey Emin talks to Mark Lawson about Vermeer's painting Lady Writing a Letter, with her Maid.
The interview is accompanied by selected highlights from the BBC Archive:
Tracy Chevalier on Vermeer's The Lacemaker;
Art critic Waldemar Janusczak on Vermeer's unconventional career;
John Wilson reports on the world's biggest art theft;
Tracey Emin visits her hometown Margate; Tracey Emin on the importance of drawing
Full details of the archive clips are available at
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