based in London that has been working as a photojournalist for different
newspapers in Spain (and with NGO´s such as Doctors Without Borders or
the Spanish Red Cross) for almost 10 years . She combines her strictly
documentary assignments , which has been exhibited and awarded in
several occasions (including a National Photojournalism Award Juan
Cancelo and a special mention at the New Fnac Photographic Talent ),
with more personal projects . This B-side of Cristina´s work
deliberately 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. She received her MA in Fine Arts at the Universitat Politécnica de Valencia, Spain, her MA in Photography at the University of Oklahoma, a postgraduate degree in Photojournalism at the Barcelona Autónoma University, Spain and spent time in IV War Correspondents Training in Madrid Spain.
The Afronauts: In 1964, still leaving the dream of their recently gained independence, Zambia started a space program that would put the first African on the moon catching up the USA and the Soviet Union in the space race.
Only a few optimists supported the project by Edward Makuka, the school teacher in charge of presenting the ambitious program and getting its necessary funding. But the financial aid never came, as the United Nations declined their support, and one of the astronauts , a 16 year old girl, got pregnant and had to quit.
That is how the heroic initiative turned into an exotic episode of the African history, surrounded by wars, violence, droughts and hunger.
“Afronauts” is based on the documentation of an impossible dream that only lives in the pictures.
I start from a real fact that took place 50 years ago and rebuild the documents adapting them to my personal imagery .