Cristina de Middel, The Afronauts, 2012

Cover back and front

Cover back and front


No other photo book created such an immediate buzz like Cristina de Middel’s The Afronauts. It quickly and firmly established her reputation as an artist. I bought my copy, pre-hype, at the Arles Photo Festival in Summer 2012. A short time later rumours began spreading around the collecting world that “Saint Martin” (Parr) had been spotted buying a “few” copies of this book. As tradition now dictates, this was enough to send every book dealer into a frenzy, and the obsession with the crazy prices changing hands suddenly became more important than the book itself.
Cristina de Middel’s fictitious imagining of the basically fictitious (or at least never-realized) Zambian space program has a sweet and almost child’s-book like atmosphere, both playful and sensitive. The sequencing and construction of this book is considered and wonderfully designed by Cristina de Middel, Laia Avril and Ramon Pez. The use of various papers, transparent pages, and fold outs add to the sketchbook mood of this publication. Cristina de Middel is now widely known for her conceptional book projects.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition The Afronauts organized by Sala Kursala (Universidad de Cádiz).

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Self published in 2012 with a print run of 1000 signed copies.

Hard cover with rubber band

App. 17.4 x 23.5 cm

82 pages plus 5 fold outs