With the eye of a documentarian, visual storyteller Cristina de Middel addresses her own life in this series, in which she sought to explore the landscape of New Zealand as the furthest point—the antipode—from her birthplace in Spain.

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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.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Selected exhibitions
2019
Still Here Tomorrow To High Five You YesterdayZeitz MOCAA
2017
Great Journeys: The Magnum Square Print Sale In Partnership With ApertureMagnum Photos
2015
Cristina De MiddelDillon + Lee
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Untitled from the series Antipodes, 2013

Archival pigment print
5 × 7 in
12.7 × 17.8 cm
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With the eye of a documentarian, visual storyteller Cristina de Middel addresses her own life in …

Aperture Foundation Benefit Auction

Frame dimensions: 12"x12". Print dimensions vary.

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy the artist

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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