Photographic Dreams Of Africa And Space Travel

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Cristina De Middel brings a striking beauty to space travel in her series The Afronauts.  Her series is based on the aspirations of Edward Makuka Nkoloso – a 1960′s Zambian school teacher who wanted to land his countrymen on the moon before the United States or the Soviet Union.  Nkoloso was openly mocked, even by journalists.  Through his story, the series’ pleasant imagery gives way to more serious underpinnings.  De Middel says:

“The images are beautiful and the story is pleasant at a first level, but it is built on the fact that nobody believes that Africa will ever reach the moon. It hides a very subtle critique to our position towards the whole continent and our prejudices.”

Jeremey Geddes’ Lonely Astronauts

Artist Jeremy Geddes paints with considerable skill.  His highly detailed oil paintings depict surreal, often lonely scenes.  Many of his panels picture a lone astronaut in an empty urban landscape.  Its unclear whether his subjects are falling or floating, in trouble or asleep.  Geddes communicates the haunting silence of each scene as effectively as textures and light. He clearly has an ease of technique and personal aesthetic.

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