Tunisia's Star Wars remnants revealed at London's Tate Modern
The Arts Diary
Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books, 2013, and is currently a judge of the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014, and the Independent Scholastic New Children's Prize 2014.
Friday 25 January 2013
Strange as it may seem, the movie sets of Star Wars were left in the deserts of southern Tunisia by George Lucas's team decades ago.
Doubtless the most avid fans will have made their pilgrimages out to the dunes already, but for the rest of us, a series of colour photographs show what the sets look like, in situ, now. They were left there on location and have long since been gathering sand, so that they look like futuristic ruins.
Some of them are buried in sand and the remains resemble an archeological site. The photographs were taken by the Italian artist Ra di Martino, and they will feature as part of a group show at London's Tate Modern which will look at the divide between historical monuments and discarded urban ruins.
It opens in the Project Space gallery on 1 March.
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