Program 2016

Cristina de Middel

Spain (1975)

The Perfect Man

For the recent opening of Chaplin’s World at the manor where Charlie Chaplin lived for the last 25 years of his life, the museum and Festival Images Vevey will coproduce a new series by Cristina de Middel. The Spanish photographer’s relationship with the Vevey event goes back a long way: her first personal exhibition (Polyspam) took place at Festival Images in 2010 and she returned in 2014 to present Party. Finally, in 2013, Espace Images also exhibited The Afronauts. This new series takes as its starting point an annual parade by Charlie Chaplin in Adipur, India. By documenting the reappropriation of Western culture by the Indian population, Cristina de Middel builds a narrative that addresses, in a humorous way, working conditions in developing countries and the role of human beings in post-industrial society. The series is exhibited in a gallery as well as around the famous statue of Charlie Chaplin on Quai Perdonnet, in front of which tourists like to take selfies.

Original scenography by Festival Images Vevey
A project produced by Festival Images Vevey in association with Chaplin’s World

Meet Cristina de Middel on 11 September