Cristina De Middel

12-16 July 2021

About the workshop

In this 5-day workshop we will explore the possibilities of translating visually a given narrative and a given story. Turning words and ideas into images is a magical process that happens in the brain and that we need to understand and control in order to boost our creativity and become eloquent visual communicators with a signature language. For 5 days we will be building a visual version of the book “The Magus” from John Fowles and using its mysterious and open-end narrative to explore the possibilities of visual storytelling and start defining our personal language. From the initial concept, to storyboarding, low budget production and alteration of our surroundings to fit the narrative, to sequencing and finally presenting the work in its final form, this workshop will address all the phases of the production process and will provide the participants with a working structure that should not only expand their creative practice, but also scaffold a new way of telling stories and using photography in any field.

About the artist

Cristina de Middel is a Spanish photographer whose work investigates photography’s ambiguous relationship to truth. Blending documentary and conceptual photographic practices, she plays with reconstructions and archetypes that blur the border between reality and fiction. After a 10-year career as a photojournalist and humanitarian photographer, De Middel stepped outside of the photojournalistic gaze. She then produced the critically acclaimed series The Afronauts in 2012, which explored the history of a failed space program in Zambia in the 1960s through staged reenactments of obscure narratives. Since 2012 De Middel has been continuously producing new bodies of work that question how photography can contribute to our full understanding of our multi-layered and complex world. Mixing fiction with straight documentary practices, and inserting her narrative in the traditional tools of mass communication, her work brings more questions than answers in an attempt to build up a critical sense in the audience. With more than 13 books published, Cristina De Middel has exhibited extensively internationally and has received numerous recognitions for her work, including being a finalist at the Deutsche Börse Prize, the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York, the Spanish National Award in Photography in 2017 and more recently the Leica Oskar Barnak award. Cristina de Middel is a Magnum Associate and lives and works between Mexico and Brazil.

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During the workshop, all necessary health security measures issued at the time were taken and participants presented the virus-free certificate.

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