Cristina de Middel

Spain

Cristina de Middel is a photographer whose work explores the ambiguous relationship between photography and truth. By combining conceptual documents and photographic practices, her work invites the public to question the veracity of language and photography as a document, while she plays with reconstructions and archetypes that distort the line between reality and fiction. After a successful career as a photojournalist, working with newspapers in Spain and non-governmental organizations such as Doctors Without Borders and the Spanish Red Cross, De Middel discovered she was disappointed with photojournalism and its dependence on the use of "real" images and the lies that accompany them.

Moving away from the photojournalistic look, De Middel produced in 2012 The Afronauts series, which was acclaimed by critics. Here she explored the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the sixties through staged reconstructions of unknown narrations. De Middel's work shows that fiction can serve as subject for photography, just as facts can, noting that our expectation that photography should always refer to reality is wrong.

De Middel has exhibited extensively internationally and has received numerous awards and nominations, including the PhotoFolio Arles 2012, the Deutsche Börse Prize, POPCAP'13 and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York. De Middel lives and works in Mexico City.