Butungaola. From the series The Afronauts. 2011. by Cristina De Middel.
6″ x 6″ Magnum Square print
Fuji Crystal Archival Matte paper
Signed on verso by Cristina De Middel
In a sealed protective envelope
*Please note that the glossiness of the envelope might have caused some glare in the pictures
Statement from Cristina De Middel on the back of print “Butungaola. From the series The Afronauts. 2011.”
“It is very complicated for me to write about imagination because I feel I need to define it and the fall into an unsurmountable inconsistency. Many times I have been asked how I come up with ideas and I blame it on imagination, so I guess this is the closest I will get to a definition: imagination is what makes ideas.
But these ideas eventually become a realityand that reality eventually triggers imagination again. I think this threesome between Imagination, Ideas, and Reality is the philosopher’s stone for the change we all know is needed. The perfect formula for bringing about change does not exist, but trying over and over should be the path toward it.
The image is from the series The Afronauts: a project that came about when I imagined something that had already happened in reality.”
So, Cristina de Middel is a photographer whose work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Above all, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction by blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices.
After a successful career as a photojournalist, de Middel stepped outside of the photojournalistic gaze.
She then produced the critically acclaimed series The Afronauts in 2012, which explored the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the 1960s through staged reenactments of obscure narratives. De Middel continuously produces new bodies of work. For example, the series This is what hatred did (2014), Sharkification (2015) and Jan Mayen (2015).
So, more books by Cristina De Middel you can find here.
Also, more Magnum Square Prints here.