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The innovative photographic language of Cristina de Middel wins the national

"It is an emotional madness," says the Alicante, who has given the photobook "a new dimension as a work of art", according to the jury

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Cristina de Middel, News of National Photography prize was caught in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), where he marries this Saturday. "All this catches me in middle of field, with very little coverage, and preparing everything for party ..." It's an emotional madness, "he has responded by email to country."

of Middel (Alicante, 1975) has ever confessed that he dedicated himself to photography "not to go out in m." This permanent escape from focus to situate behind target has provided today, Friday, to photographer national photography, which grants Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and is endowed with 30,000 euros. The jury has unanimously given it " national and international recognition it has achieved through its work, which restates limits of reality of photographic language, while innovating scope of photography book," By giving it a new dimension as a work of total art, ministry's communiqué emphasizes.

The Alicante is fifth woman to achieve it since award began to be given in 1994. It joins names of Cristina García Rodero (1996), Ouka Leele (2005), María Bleda (2008)-who won it with his colleague José María Rosa-e Isabel Muñoz (2016). Tail got it in 2014 but he quit prize.

On horseback between Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro, Middel has been made with a name in contemporary Spanish photography, especially since publication, in 2012, of its first photobook, Afronautas, paradigm of boom that lives in Spain this type of publication , and that she justified, in an interview with this newspaper, recent economic crisis. "When we came out re were few opportunities to work and collapse of official support was occurring." "No press, no museums, you just have to publish yourself." For artist, a photo book "is a book in which all narrative weight is in images and re are no words."

Afronautas is visual recreation of a crazy attempt in Zambia to send to moon, in sixties of last century, to ten people and a cat. From that project, a critique of stigmatization of Africa by media, re have been a half hundred exhibitions and photobook has come to sell in Amazon for 1,400 euros, a smash praised by critics who, as she assured, served him "as a flight" "Go on, to keep producing." From this photobook, jury emphasizes that it was "a reaction to limitations of documentary language when it comes to describing and explaining world." Anor of his most recognized works is Jan Mayen, in which fabuló on adventure of explorers who tried to 1911 discover an island in Arctic. De Middel likes to have control of photobooks throughout process, including part of design.

Photographer Cristina de Middel. Criticism with press

Formed at University of Oklahoma (United States) and in fine Arts in Polytechnic of Valencia, went for draughtsman but leaned towards photography. He worked for non-governmental organizations in Syria and Haiti and different Spanish newspapers, an experience latter of which formed a critical discourse towards media because, in his opinion, y do not take advantage of potential of photography to tell stories. The jury says of his career as a photojournalist that with her "has always tried to offer an eccentric view of today, avoiding old issues treated through channels and forms assumed."

The statement highlights that Middel has combined "his documentary work with or staff where he questions language and veracity of photography as a document, and plays with reconstructions or archetypes that blur frontier between reality and fiction" ". In se works of a more personal character "has raised his reflection to situate, already without bonds of veracity and documentaryism, in diffuse frontier that separates reality of fiction." His work, a permanent game between reality and fiction, has been exhibited, in addition to Spain, in London, New York, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Paris, Rome and Dublin.

In jury he has acted as President Luis Lafuente, Director general of Fine Arts and cultural heritage, and as Vice president, Begoña Torres, assistant Director general for promotion of fine arts. The jury has been composed by Isabel Muñoz, national Photography Prize 2016; Margarita Aizpuru, curator of exhibitions, art critic, researcher and teacher; Rosa Brugat, visual artist; Nicolás Combarro, artist and curator; Rafael Doctor, director of Andalusian Photography centre; Elisa Hernando, director of Global Art consultancy, and Marisa Oropesa, independent curator and art critic.


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