Cos­mic Chem­istry

Love was in the air when David Tang and Tracey Emin hooked up for our cover shoot

Hong Kong Tatler - - Behind The Scenes -

on­don’s chi­na­town is like a lit­tle Hong Kong. Here, at the China Ex­change, a cul­tural cen­tre housed in a for­mer tele­phone ex­change, old friends David Tang and Tracey Emin re­unite for our cover shoot. Their air kisses kick off a ses­sion of ban­ter. Cigar in hand, David de­clares, “I’m the cameo here. You’re the star. In fact, you’re a con­stel­la­tion. I’m a mere speck.” Tracey shoots back, “You to me are the sun.” “You are the sun­shine of my life,” sings David, off on the sort of tan­gent that be­comes a trade­mark of the shoot.

Pho­tog­ra­pher Jer­maine Fran­cis places the pair in front of geo­met­ric wall­pa­per in­ter­wo­ven with Chi­nese char­ac­ters. They sit on a wooden ta­ble swing­ing their legs and pulling faces. It’s clear they en­joy each other’s com­pany. For the next shot, David sits at a grand pi­ano and tin­kles away play­ing a quirky mix of clas­sics and dit­ties as Tracey watches, amused.

The real laughs come from the fi­nal shots in front of golden wall­pa­per with tra­di­tional Chi­nese mo­tifs. David stands on a chair and Tracey laughs as he poses wildly, goad­ing her. “Go on, smile.” Jer­maine asks the pair to sit next to each other, touch­ing. “You know we slept to­gether, don’t you?” says David, his arm against Tracey’s. “It was a mis­take.” It’s hard to tell if he’s se­ri­ous or not. Turn to page 224 to find out.

“I’M THE CAMEO HERE, YOU’RE THE STAR. IN FACT, YOU’RE A CON­STEL­LA­TION. I’M A MERE SPECK”

Face-pulling, ivory-tick­ling and rem­i­nis­cences of quasi-erotic en­coun­ters made for a lively shoot in Chi­na­town with David Tang and Tracey Emin

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