It’s what I’d like to be
Born in London, UK in 1963, Emin graduated in Printmaking and Fashion from Maidstone College of Art in 1986. She further explored philosophy at the University of London and completed her master’s degree in Painting at the Royal College of Art (London) in 1989. Emin, known as a YBA (Young British Artists), creates sensational and brutally self-referential works across various mediums such as painting, sculpture, photography, video, neon signs, etc. In 1997, collector and gallerist Charles Saatchi organized “Sensation”, a collection exhibition of young artists, in which Emin exhibited “Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995” detailing her private life in bed. In 2007, Emin was the representative of the British Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale. In 1999, her work “My Bed” (showing all the traces of a bed which she had remained for several days) was nominated for the Turner Prize. Emin is recognized as a pioneer of this unprecedented method of expression in contemporary art, where exposing the artist’s subjectivity has come to be recognized as an individual narrative of creativity. She is also known as the first female professor in the Royal Academy of Arts (UK) history.