Published by La Fábrica. Text by Cristina de Middel.
Invited to mount an exhibition at the Teatro Fernán Gómez in Madrid, Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel (born 1975) dug around her studios and chose to display all her images in exactly the way she has them stored—in colossal, gorgeous chaos. The result is Cristina de Middel: Muchismo, a unique display of the photographer’s entire oeuvre, constrained by neither a curator nor any apparent organizing order. Varied and entertaining, at times playful and bizarre, Muchismo gives de Middel a chance to interrupt the normal operating rules of the art market, presenting her photographs not as collectible objects but as constituent parts of the larger story she has been telling with her work. With Muchismo, de Middel’s latest hotly anticipated publication, the award-winning photographer continues her exploration of the forms and limits of the medium.
Mexican-based, Spanish-born documentary photographer Christina de Middel (born 1975) offers 200 drawings of different archival news magazine photographs accompanied by lyrics of Mexican ranchera songs. A pastiche of forms, Cucurrucucú invites us to reexamine the violence concealed beneath accepted codes, whether in photojournalism or folk music.
This issue of La Fábrica's PHotoBolsillo series chronicles the work of award-winning Spanish documentary photographer Cristina de Middel (born 1975). De Middel is internationally known for The Afronauts, a self-published photobook that investigates the short-lived Zambian space program started in 1964.