Thursday, 11th July, 2013 / Posted by Orla

The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by Cristina De Middel

The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by Cristina De Middel Image

The Copper House Gallery will launch The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by  photojournalist Cristina De Middel, 7.30pm Saturday 13th July 2013 as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013PhotoIreland Festival director Ángel Luis González will open the exhibition.

After gaining independence in 1964, Zambia started a space programme led by Edward Makuka Nkoloso, sole member of the National Academy of Science, Space Research and Philosophy. The programme, whose mission 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 exhibition The Afronauts Cristina De Middel creates a subjective interpretation of the story that engages with myths and truths. The now sold-out 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.  The Afronauts, the acclaimed photobook will be displayed as part of the exhibition.

The Afronauts, a photographic exhibition by Cristina De Middel, runs in the Archive upstairs at The Copper House Gallery, as part of the main exhibition programme for PhotoIreland Festival 2013 from 13th July 2013 until the 2nd August 2013. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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