There aren’t many artists who have been interviewed both by TateShots and Star Wars Insider Magazine, but that’s what happened to Michael Rakowitz as he put the finishing touches to his Tate Modern exhibition.
Star Wars fans, it seems, were as eager as us to find out the links between science fiction fantasy and the reality of war, with Darth Vader’s iconic helmet playing an unexpected role. Rakowitz’s exhibition explores seemingly implausible connections between objects and events.
Included in the show are a diverse range of material, from the ‘Empire Strikes Back’ poster a young Rakowitz adorned on his bedroom wall, to WW2 memorabilia sourced from eBay, and an example of Sadam Hussein’s taste in literary cover art. Wrestling scandals, plagiarism claims and the Supergun affair are also thrown into the mix.
In this video the artist is our guide around the exhibition.