The Afronauts at The Photographers Gallery London

Cristina De Middel, The Afronauts, 2012

The Afronauts is short listed for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013: one of four artists currently at the Photographers Gallery and my favourite.   Cristina De Middel combines fact and fiction in this set of images that provokes thought beyond the image.

“…I really wanted toplay with fact and fiction…I am in a way trying to force the viewer to spend more time on the images and more time in understanding the story. I’m trying to break this direct consumption of the image as a document…”       Christina De Middel
She uses a mix of photographs, documents and text to create a story that provokes thought about the sustainability of space exploration in a world where poverty is widespread.   The story is set in Zambia but all the photographs are taken elsewhere.