Cristina de Middel: The Afronauts at The Copper House Gallery

© Cristina de Middel

© Cristina de Middel

The Copper House Gallery presents The Afronauts exhibition by Cristina de Middel.

In 1964, after gaining independence, Zambia started a space programme led by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, sole member of the unheard of National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy. The programme, whose aim was to send the first African astronauts to Mars, was soon cancelled, becoming no more than an amusing anecdote in the country’s history. In ‘The Afronauts’ De Middel creates a subjective version of the story engaging with myths and truths.

The now sold-out book is comprised of a series of constructed colour photographs, sequenced alongside drawings and reproductions of letters, resulting in a fictional portrait of a national dream.

Cristina De Middel’s work, nominated for The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, will be exhibited during PhotoIreland Festival 2013 at The Copper House Gallery.
With the kind support of FIRE Fine Art Printers.

Venue: The Copper House Gallery, St Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street, Dublin 8.

Open: 13th July - 2nd August 2013

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