Cristina De Middel, 2013
Untitled, from the series Afronauts
Created by Cristina De Middel in 2013. Using inkjet on cotton paper as the medium, the artwork is displayed at 100 x 100 cm. The work explores genres such as the staged photography.
The portrait potrays a Zambian man in a space uniform. The work is part of the series The Afronauts.
The starting point for the project The Afronauts is derived from the history of Zambia. A space program started by a school teacher suddenly enlisted Zambia to join the United States and Russia in the space race. The hoped-for outcome was the first African on the moon. However, a lack of financial aid meant that this ambitious initiative was doomed to fail. Fifty years later, De Middel reconstructs this story, using her own imagination.
© Cristina De Middel, courtesy of the Foam Collection