Cristina de Middel is a photographer based in London who has been working for different newspapers in Spain and with NGO's such as Doctors Without Borders or the Spanish Red Cross for more than 8 years. After a successful photojournalist career of nearly ten years, de Middel discovered that she had become disappointed in photojournalism and that her viewpoint toward the consumption of 'authentic' images and the untruths that accompany them was becoming increasingly cynical. The Afronauts is de Middels' first successful attempt to design her own ideal world. De Middel's work shows that fiction can serve as the subject of photography just as well as facts can and that our expectation that photography must always make reference to reality is flawed. She combines her documentary assignments with more personal projects that have been awarded and exhibited in several occasions (including PhotoFolio Arles 2012, Deutsche Börse Prize and the Infinity Award from the ICP in New York). De Middel’s work asks the audience to question the language and the veracity of photography as a document, and plays with reconstructions or archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction.