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OPENING: The Afronauts, Cristina de Middel


Thu 4 Feb 2016, 6:30pm

Where: Perth Centre for Photography, 18 Colin Street, West Perth, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: pcpwa

The Perth Centre for Photography is very excited to present Cristina de Middel's, 'The Afronauts' for the first time to an Australian audience.

In 1964 the newly independent nation of Zambia began a space program with the intention of putting the first African on the Moon. The program was short-lived, but it reflected the excitement and ambitions of a young country.

Starting with that story, Spanish artist Cristina de Middel created ‘The Afronauts’, a body of photographs, drawings and related sculptures. Ms. Middel’s faux re-creation includes photographs shot in Spain of people wearing spacesuits sewn from African fabric, and helmets that were streetlamp globes. Archival shots of African villages are altered to include midcentury astronauts. Defunct concrete-mixing drums double as space capsules, and an image shot in Monument Valley is a reference to U.F.O.’s and otherworldly landscapes.

"The Afronauts is a smart and charming show. Rather than ridiculing Zambia’s ambitions, Middel compares them to the dreams of other nations and peoples. But the subject here is also photography as Middel shows how the medium promotes both fact and fiction — and how ultimately this helped fuel the space race."

Join us in welcoming visiting artist, Cristina de Middel for PCP's first 2016 exhibition.

Free entry
Food + Cash Bar available

Exhibition continues 5 February - 6 March 2016

In conjuction with Fringe World Festival 2016

Department of Culture and the Arts
City of Perth
Fitzgerald Photo Imaging
Plastic Sandwich
Gage Roads