CRISTINA DE MIDDEL

Cristina De Middel (Spain, 1975) is a photographer  based in London that has been working for different newspapers in Spain and with NGO's such as Doctors Without Borders or the Spanish Red Cross for more than 8 years.

She combines her strictly documentary assignments with more personal projects that have been awarded and exhibited in several occasions (incuding PhotoFolio Arles 2012, Deutsche Börse Prize and the Infinty Award from the ICP in New York).

This B-side of Cristina's work  deliberately  asks the audience to question the language and the veracity of photography  as a document, and plays with reconstructions  or archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction.
 

EDUCATION

  • 1975  Born in Alicante, SPAIN
  • 2001  M.A Fine Arts, Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, SPAIN
  • 2000  M.A. Photography, University of Oklahoma PROMOE Scholarship
  • 2002  Photojournalism, Postgraduate Degree, Barcelona Autónoma University, SPAIN
  • 2006  IV War Correspondents Training, Ground forces Army School, Madrid, SPAIN
  •            Course in International Humanitarian Law and Peace-keeping operations, Spanish Red Cross

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2014  "The Afronauts," La New Gallery, Pinta, The Modern & Contemporary Latin American Art Show
  •            "Party," Paris Photo Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES
  • 2013  “The Afronauts,” Paraty Festival, BRAZIL
  •            “Vida y milagros de Paula P”, MUA Museum, Alicante, SPAIN 
  •            “The Afronauts,” FOAM Museum, AMSTERDAM
  •            “The Afronauts,” Parati em Foco, BRAZIL 
  •            “The Afronauts,” Lagos Photo Festival, NIGERIA 
  •            “The Afronauts,” The Photographer’s Gallery, London, UK
  •            “The Afronauts,” Deustche Börse HQ, Frankfurt, GERMANY
  •            “The Afronauts,” Photo Ireland, The Cooper Gallery, Dublin, IRELAND
  •            “The Afronauts”, Dillon Gallery, New York, UNITED STATES
  •            “The Afronauts,” Les Rencontres de la Photographie d´Arles. Section Officielle, FRANCE
  •            “The Afronauts,” Festival Circulation (S), Paris, FRANCE
  •            “The Afronauts,” Tagomago Gallery, Paris, FRANCE 
  •            “The Afronauts,” Espace QUAI1, Vevey, SWITZERLAND 
  •            “The Afronauts,” Festival di la Fotografia Europea, ITALY 
  •            “The Afronauts,” T.R.I.P. Mercato Traiano di Roma Reggio Emilia, Rome, ITALY 
  •            “The Afronauts”, La New Gallery, Museum of the University of Cádiz, Madrid, SPAIN
  • 2012  Caja Mediterráneo. Itinerance
  •            “The Afronauts,” La New Gallery, Madrid, SPAIN 
  •            “The Afronauts,” Kursala, Universidad de Cádiz, Cádiz, SPAIN 
  •            “The Afronauts,” GuatePhoto OpenCall, GUATEMALA 
  • 2011  “Welcome,” Sede AB Photo, Albacete, SPAIN
  •            Vida y milagros de Paula P. Obra social de la Caja Mediterráneo, Itinerant until 2013
  • 2009  “PolySpam,” Galería Proyecto Arte, Madrid, SPAIN
  •            PhotoEspaña09, Madrid, SPAIN
  •            Festival Images, Vevey, SWITZERLAND 
  •            “The City,” Obra Social Caixa Galicia, A Coruña, Itinerant
  •            Kulunguelé. Forum Fnac Alicante, Fnac Madrid Sur & Fnac Diagonal Barcelona, Madrid, Barcelona

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • 2014  "ANTIPODES," P2P, Prácticas contemporáneas en la fotografía española, Photoespaña, Madrid, SPAIN 
  •            "Not All Documents Are Records," Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool Biennal, UNTIED KINGDOM 
  •            "Photobooks. Here and Now," Fotocolectania Foundation, Barcelona, SPAIN
  •            "New Spanish Photography Visions Beyond Borders," King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, New York, NY 
  • 2013  “The Shadows Took Shape,” The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, UNITED STATES
  • 2011  “Images 2010,” Festival, Vevey, SWITZERLAND           
  • 2010  “Images 2010,” Festival, Vevey, SWITZERLAND 
  •            “Caminos de Hierro 2010,” Fundación Ferrocarriles Españoles, Madrid, SPAIN
  •            “Certamen Arte Joven de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid,” Madrid, SPAIN
  • 2009  “Memorandum,” Museo de Arte Contemporneo de Ibiza, Ibiza, SPAIN  
  •            “Objetivos del Milenio,” Galería Arte Xerea, Valencia, SPAIN
  •            “El Agua de Madrid,” Fundación Canal, PHE09, Madrid, SPAIN 
  •            “Caminos de Hierro,” Fundación Ferrocarriles Españoles, Madrid, SPAIN 
  •            “A 1,20metros Por los Derechos de la Infancia remio int. de fotografía Luis Valtueña, Médicos del Mundo, Madrid, SPAIN
  • 2008  “12 fotoperiodistas en el Camino,” Fundación Xacobeo
  • 2006  “Mulier-Mulieris,” Museo de la Universidad de Alicante, Alicante, SPAIN

AWARD AND RECOGNITIONS

  • 2014 "PARTY," Best International Photobook of the Year, Photoespaña 
  • 2013 PULSE Miami IMPUSE Prize, Miami FL
  •           Infinity Award for a Publication, 2013, ICP, New York, NY
  •           Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2013, London, UK, Finalist
  • 2012 First Book Prize. Aperture/Paris Photo 2012, Paris, FRANCE and New York, NY, Finalist
  •           Photo Folio Review, Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, FRANCE
  •           Hey Hot Shot. Jen Bekman Gallery, New York, NY, Finalist
  •           Sony World Photography Awards, London, UK, 2nd prize
  •           3rd Ward Open Call, New York, NY, Finalist
  •           Renaissance Photography Prize, London, UK, Finalist
  •           Accademia Appulia, London, UK, Finalist
  •           PDN Photo Annual, New York, NY, Finalist
  • 2011 Cum Laude award, Martin Chambi. Union Latine, Paris, FRANCE
  •           Lightside/Humble Arts Grant for individual Project, New York, NY
  •           Colección Sarthou Carreres, Second Prize, Castellón, SPAIN
  •           Pollux Awards, Portrait September, First Place, London, ENGLAND
  • 2010 Caminos de Hierro, Ferrocarriles Españoles Foundation, Special Mention
  •           Colmenar Viejo Environemental Photography Contest, Madrid, SPAIN
  •           Albarracín photography and Journalism gatherings, Santa María Foundation, Finalist
  •           Arte Joven, Madrid Complutense University, Finalist
  • 2009 Juan Cancelo National Photojournalism Price, A Coruña, SPAIN
  •           Barrio de las letras photography competition, Madrid, SPAIN
  •           Fnac de Fotografía 2009 New Talent award, Honors
  •           ARCO 2009 Fotoreportaje Award
  •           Premios Ejército de Fotografía 2009, Special mention
  •           Ciudad de Gijón XIII Photojournalism International Awards, Finalist
  •           “Solidaria ’09,” Second Prize, Photo Contest promoted by the Council of Valencia, Valencia, SPAIN 
  •           Selected photographer to document the ARCO Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, SPAIN 
  • 2008   “Revelados ’08,” Second Prize, Madrid, SPAIN  
  •           First Art Call Can Pou and collective exhibition, Gallery Via 2, Ibiza, SPAIN 
  •           “Objetivo Abierto. Solidaria 2008,” Second place, Generalitat Valenciana, Valencia, SPAIN 
  • 2007   Plataforma 2015, Second Prize at the National Photography Contest Photographer selected for the project “6 fotoperiodistan en el                        
              Camino,” Xacobeo Foundation, Madrid, SPAIN          

GRANTS

  • 2011  Lightside/Women in Photography Individual Project Grant, Humble Arts, NewYork, NY
  • 2009  Fototraballo, Nortempo Foundation, for the series The City
  •            Alcobendas Creativity Grants, SPAIN
  •            Imagine Science Film, Artist in Residence, New York, NY
  •            “Becas de creatividad del Ayuntamiento de Alcobendas, 2009,” Alcobendas, for the series Welcome

COLLECTIONS

  • Saxe-Coburg private collection
  • Bank Art Collection Espiritu Santo, PORTUGAL
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia collection. Valencia, SPAIN
  • Work on the art collection of the City of Birmingham, Alicante, SPAIN
  • Fundación Sarthou Carreres
 

BOOKS

  • Party. Party. Quitonasto form Chanmair Mao Tungest, published March 2014 by Archive of Modern Conflict in association with RM Verlag
  • SPBH Book Club Vol III, London, 2013.
  • The Afronauts
 

PUBLICATIONS

  • 2014        The Photobook: A History Volume III by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, Phaidon, London
 

PRESS

  • 2014  Priscilla Frank, “10 Contemporary Photographers Who Are Pushing The Boundaries Of Their Medium,” The Huffington Post
  •            (April11, 2014)
  •            “10 Photographers You Should Know at Paris Photo LA 2014,” Complex Magazine (April 24, 2014)
  • 2013  Holland Cotter, “Going Beyond Blackness, Into the Starry Skies,” The New York Times (November 15, 2013)
  •            Edo Dijksterhuis, “Black Power In A Parallel Universe,” ArtSlant (Oct 23, 2013)                  
  •            “Cristina De Middel: SPBH Book Club Vol III,” SMBH mag (July 17, 2013)
  •           “Cristina De Middel,” Le Bal (April 27, 2013)
  •           “Cristina De Middel Snap Fingers and Whistle,” Getxophoto (August/September 2013)
  •           Loring Knoblauch, “Cristina De Middel, The Afronauts at Dillon,” Collector Daily (September 24, 2013)
  •           Martha Schwendener, “Cristina de Middel: ‘The Afronauts,’” The New York Times (September 5, 2013)
  •           “Cristina de Middel // SPBH Book Club Vol III,” Haveanicebook.com
  •           “Cristina De Middel,” TimeMachine Mag
  •           “Cristina De Middel,” The New Frame (April 2013)
  •           Tereza Pultarova, “The Dreams and Reality of Zambia Space Program,” Space Safety Magazine (Mau 15, 2013) 
  •           “SPBH Book Club Vol. III,” L’Ascenseur Végétal 
  •           Jim Reed, “I Want to be in America,” GUP Magazine (July 16, 2013)
  •           “The Afronauts,” 6 Mois
  •           “Final Frontier: the Photographs of Cristina De Middel,” The Telegraph
  •           Amy Halliday and Jeremy Kuper, “The Afronauts–a Zambian Space Odyssey,” Mail & Guardian (January 11, 2013)
  •           Maria Teresa Salvati, “An Interview with Cristina De Middel,” GUP Magazine (January 17, 2013)
  •           “El africano que querían adelantar Neil Armstrong,” Ocultados.com (January 25, 2013)
  •           “The Afronauts by Cristina de Middel,” Indiereader.com (January 10, 2013)
  •           “Décollage immediate,” Afriqueinvisu.org (February 27, 2013)
  •           “Eram Os Deuss Afronautas?” Bravo! (March 2013, edition 187)
  •           “Afronauten,” 3sat.de
  •           “Zambiske ‘Afronauts’ ville nå først til månen,” Afrikablog.dk (March 1, 2013)
  •           “Paris Festival Circulation(s) 2013 Coup de zoom sur ‘les Afronautes’, l’étonnante série de Cristina de Middel!,” L’événement (March
  •           2013)
  •           “The Afronauts by Cristina de Middel,” Ozarts Etc. (April 8, 2013)
  •           Sean O’Hagan, “‘It was like a journey into the unknown’: self-publishing photographers,” The Observer (April 14, 2013)
  •           Adrian Searle, “Deutsche Börse Photography prize show: mashups and moon walkers,” The Guardian (April 17, 2013)
  •           Federica Chiacchetti, “Blasting Into Space With the Afronauts–Cristina De Middel,” EMAHO Magazine (April 18, 2013)
  •           “Deutsche Börse Prize: Cristina De Middel, Mishka Henner, Adam Broomberg and more,” Metro (April 26, 2013) 
  •           “Ubicuo Studio se encarga de trasladar a app ‘The Afronauts’ de Cristina De Middel,” Carpaccio Magazine (April 29, 2013) 
  •           “Interview: Cristina De Middel at the Deutsche Börse,” Vignettemagazine.com (May 1, 2013)
  •           Teo Kermeliotis, “Afronauts: Fictional Photos Recall Forgotten Zambian Space Program,” Cnn.com (May 2, 2013)
  •           “Deutsche Börse Prize: Cristina De Middel,” Port-Magazine.com (2013)
  •           Brad Feurhelm, “Interview: ‘ASX Interviews Cristina de Middel,’” Americansuburbx.com (2013)
  • 2012  Frank Lake. “Afronauts,” Weekly World News (April 26, 2012) 
  •           “Photo Find Fictional Fun in Amateur Space Program,” Wired.com (April 23, 2012)
  •           Jörg Colberg, “Review: The Afronauts by Cristina De Middel,” Jmcolberg.com (July 19, 2012)
  •           “Review Santa Fe: Cristina De Middel,” Lenscrath.com (August 17, 2012)
  •           “Cristina De Middel’s Afronauts: An African space fantasy,” BBC News (November 27, 2012)
  •           Jon Uriarte, “Interview to Cristina de Middel about The Afronauts,” Haveanicebook.com (November 27, 2012)
  •           “Cristina de Middel: ‘Je suis obsédée par la manié dont on consomme la photographie,” Photographie.com (2012)
  •           “Cool & Noteworthy 2012: Cristina De Middel marks her arrival with her debut photobook,” British Journal of Photography (2012)