Afronauts: An African space fantasy

From the BBC News in Pictures: “Cristina De Middel‘s Afronauts: An African space fantasy” has been nominated and is on the short list for the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2013. The exhibit is “based on the documentation of an impossible dream that only lives in the pictures.” The Prize website includes the following:

Cristina De Middel (b. 1975, Spain) is nominated for her publication The Afronauts (2011, self-published).

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 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.

An interesting take on how Africa and Africans are perceived by the rest of the world. The photographs were all taken in Spain.

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