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Cristina de Middel Jambo. From the series: Afronauts. 2011. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos

Cristina De Middel is a photographer whose work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes in order to build a more layered understanding of the subject she approaches. This talk with Lucy Soutter (artist, critic and art historian) will explore Cristina de Middel’s methods of storytelling and play within her documentary photographic practice.

Event details:
14 Jun 2018, 19:00
Frobisher Auditorium 2, Barbican, London

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Cristina de Middel Kikan. From the series: This is What Hatred Did. 2013. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos
Cristina de Middel Ajewo. From the series: This is What Hatred Did. 2013. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos

Cristina De Middel

Cristina De Middel is a photographer whose work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes in order to build a more layered understanding of the subject she approaches. From the premise that the description of the world provided by mass media is reducing the real understanding of the world we live in, her selection of subjects responds to the urgency of completing the portrait or re-launching the debate taking the potential of photography as the raw material for her story-telling. De Middel’s work has received numerous awards in both the editorial and the artistic field, including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, Finalist of the Deutsche Börse Prize, and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York. Her series Midnight at the Crossroads, in collaboration with Bruno Morais – exploring African spiritual roots and their heritage in America territories – will be subject of an exhibition presented at La Croisière of the Rencontres d’Arles Festival 2018.

Cristina de Middel Ijewo. From the series: This is What Hatred Did. 2014. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos
Cristina de Middel The Kutupalong camp for Rohingya refugees. Cox's Bazar. Bangladesh. 2009. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos

Lucy Soutter

Lucy Soutter is a photographer, critic and art historian. She is Course Leader of the Photography Arts MA at the University of Westminster, UK. Her writings on contemporary art and photography include essays in The Photographic Object 1970(2016), Girls! Girls! Girls! In Contemporary Art(2011), and Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary Photography (2008).

Cristina de Middel From the series: Sharkification. Rio de Janiero, Brazil. 2015. © Cristina de Middel | Magnum Photos