Tracey Emin




Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 (1995), also known as "The Tent",[1] was an artwork created by Tracey Emin RA (born 3 July 1963), an English artist and a leading member of the group known as Britartists or YBAs (Young British Artists). The work was a tent with the appliquéd names of, literally, everyone she had ever slept with, but not necessarily in the sexual sense. It achieved iconic status,[1] was owned by Charles Saatchi, and was destroyed in the 2004 Momart London warehouse fire. She has refused to recreate it.

Tracey Emin calls Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 "my tent"[2] or "the tent"[3] and considers it to be one of the two "seminal pieces" she has created (the other being My Bed);[2] she has described both pieces as "seminal, fantastic and amazing work".[3]

Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963–1995 was a tent appliquéd with 102 names of the people she had slept with up to the time of its creation in 1995.[2] The title is often misinterpreted as a euphemism indicating sexual partners and the work termed "a list of all the people that Emin has ever had sex with", but is in fact intended more inclusively:[1] “ Some I'd had a shag with in bed or against a wall some I had just slept with, like my grandma. I used to lay in her bed and hold her hand. We used to listen to the radio together and nod off to sleep. You don't do that with someone you don't love and don't care about.[2] ” The names include family, friends, drinking partners, lovers and even two numbered foetuses.[1]The name of former boyfriend, Billy Childish, could be seen prominently through the tent opening. The tent was square and coloured blue; its shape was reminiscent of the Margate Shell Grotto, with which Emin was very familiar from childhood; inside on the floor of the tent was the text, "With myself, always myself, never forgetting".[4]

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