“The Afronauts” exhibition at Quai1: Cristina de Middel
Born in Alicante (Spain) in 1975, Cristina de Middel studied Fine Arts in Valencia and Photography in Barcelona and Oklahoma City. She received several awards, including the Infinity Award of the International Center of Photography for the book The Afronauts and is shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013. She has also been working as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines in Spain and England for more than ten years.
The Afronauts is based on a historical fact: in 1964 a Zambian science teacher named Edwuard Makuka decided to train the first African crew to travel to the moon. His plan was to use an aluminum rocket to put a woman, two cats and a missionary into Space. First the moon, then Mars, using a catapult system. He founded the Zambia National Academy of Science, Space Research and Astronomical Research to start training his Afronauts.