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The Afronauts, 2012

Unique chromogenic triptych, each flush-mounted
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From the Catalogue:
After a 10-year career as a photojournalist, Cristina de Middel began …

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From the Catalogue:
After a 10-year career as a photojournalist, Cristina de Middel began researching stories that are fictional but believed as real and ones that are real but unbelievable. This led her to the 1964 Zambian Space Programme and its attempt to send Africa’s first astronauts to the moon. The Afronauts …

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Each signed in ink, printed title, date and number AP2 on the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity.
Cristina De Middel
Spanish, b. 1975
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Cristina de Middel presents fictional scenes through a reality-based lens in her photographs. Disenchanted with photojournalism and the media’s shaping of public opinions, de Middel emphasizes holistic storytelling in her art, which is rooted in systems of beliefs, rituals, and religions. She is best known for “The Afronauts,” a self-published series about the short-lived Zambian space program. The series follows a fictionalized representation of true events, juxtaposing space age themes against a folk art aesthetic with the intent of criticizing the Western media’s stigmatization of Africa. De Middel’s goal is to spark debate about representations of the truth through these staged images. Most recently, de Middel has used photography to explore community militarization in Brazilian favelas, slums in Lagos, and Nigerian spam emails.

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About the work
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From the Catalogue:
After a 10-year career as a photojournalist, Cristina de Middel began …

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From the Catalogue:
After a 10-year career as a photojournalist, Cristina de Middel began researching stories that are fictional but believed as real and ones that are real but unbelievable. This led her to the 1964 Zambian Space Programme and its attempt to send Africa’s first astronauts to the moon. The Afronauts …

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Medium
Photography
Signature
Each signed in ink, printed title, date and number AP2 on the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity.
Cristina De Middel
Spanish, b. 1975
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Cristina de Middel presents fictional scenes through a reality-based lens in her photographs. Disenchanted with photojournalism and the media’s shaping of public opinions, de Middel emphasizes holistic storytelling in her art, which is rooted in systems of beliefs, rituals, and religions. She is best known for “The Afronauts,” a self-published series about the short-lived Zambian space program. The series follows a fictionalized representation of true events, juxtaposing space age themes against a folk art aesthetic with the intent of criticizing the Western media’s stigmatization of Africa. De Middel’s goal is to spark debate about representations of the truth through these staged images. Most recently, de Middel has used photography to explore community militarization in Brazilian favelas, slums in Lagos, and Nigerian spam emails.

The Afronauts, 2012

Unique chromogenic triptych, each flush-mounted
Bidding closed
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