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Vincent Fournier (France)

apr 30 - jun 7 2014

Martin Kollar (Slovakia)

mar 5 - apr 12 2014

Martin Guggisberg (Switzerland)

jan 15 - feb 22 2014

Aglaia Konrad (Austria)

nov 6 - dec 21 2013

Alejandro Guijarro (Spain)

sep 4 - oct 19 2013

Olivier Cablat (France)

jun 19 - jul 27 2013

Cristina de Middel (Spain)

mar 20 - apr 27 2013

Romain Mader (Switzerland)

jan 30 - mar 2 2013

Wolfgang Stahr (Germany)

nov 21 - jan 12 2013

Nadav Kander (Israel)

sep 8 - oct 27 2012

Jim Naughten (England)

may 2 - jun 9 2012

Nikita Pirogov (Russia)

mar 14 - apr 21 2012

Eric Lusito (France)

jan 25 - mar 3 2012

Bogdan Konopka (Poland)

nov 30 - jan 14 2012

Ilse Frech (Netherlands)

oct 12 - nov 26 2011

Christian Riis Ruggaber (Switzerland)

aug 31 - oct 1 2011

Jari Silomäki (Finland)

apr 13 - jun 25 2011

Paolo Woods (Netherlands)

feb 16 - apr 2 2011

Paulo Nozolino (Portugal)

dec 1 - feb 10 2011

Hans Op De Beeck (Belgium)

sep 4 - sep 26 2010

Marc Shoul (South Africa)

may 19 - jul 7 2010

Mathieu Bernard- Reymond (Switzerland / France)

mar 17 - may 5 2010

Andreas Seibert (Switzerland)

jan 27 - mar 10 2010

Cristina de Middel ( Spain - 1975 )

 

Born in Alicante (Spain) in 1975, Cristina de Middel studied Fine Arts in Valencia and Photography in Barcelona and Oklahoma City. She received several awards, including the Infinity Award of the International Center of Photography for the book The Afronauts and is shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013. She has also been working as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines in Spain and England for more than ten years.

The Afronauts © Cristina de Middel

 

The Afronauts is based on a historical fact: in 1964 a Zambian science teacher named Edwuard Makuka decided to train the first African crew to travel to the moon. His plan was to use an aluminum rocket to put a woman, two cats and a missionary into Space. First the moon, then Mars, using a catapult system. He founded the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Astronomical Research to start training his Afronauts.

Unfortunately his resources were not as big as his dream and, after Unesco had declined to support the project, the training and the dreaming had to stop.

 

Cristina de Middel, by recreating visually this aborted project, plays with the question of truth of documentary. « I am really interested in documenting facts that are unbelievable but true and other phenomenons that are completely false but people tend to believe». This research can be found in other series like Polyspam, a project exhibited at the Festival Images in 2010.

 

The story of the Zambian space program was also a perfect starting point for Cristina de Middel to give a different glaze on the continent: «today, finding positive stories about Africa remains a difficult task for anyone interested in getting a more complete picture of what is really going on in the continent. Here, in the “developed countries” we are used to see African people dying or killing themselves, jumping naked or dressed as primitive warriors. The middle class seem to have disappeared, happy families are invisible and children either starve to death or become soldiers. And that is why the idea of an African space program sounds funny and incredible (in that order, first funny, then incredible). But this story is true. Even if the images that document it were taken in Spain almost 50 years later. » Through this work, she builds a bridge between documentary photography and cinema, adding creativity, subjectivity, humour and aesthetics to this genre.

 

In 2011, Cristina de Middel participated to the Vevey International Photography Award  organised by the Festival Images.
 

The Afronauts © Cristina de Middel

The Afronauts © Cristina de Middel