Cristina de Middel is a Spanish born photojournalist, who is now based in London. De Middels work deliberately questions the viewer and is a reconstruction or archetype which blurs the line between fiction and reality. She has been selected for five solo exhibitions and received numerous awards between 2009 and 2013.
Her most recent and well known series entitled “Afronauts,” where De Middel stages photographs of the Zambian Space program in 1964. “Astronauts” in training in an African landscape with colourful space suits. De Middel creates imagery representing cultural identity by assigning a futuristic appearance of how this space program could have been. De Middel states, Not only because the story is positive, in terms of African people having dreams, but also evidencing what we expect from Africa in terms of aesthetics and behaviour, (2013).