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The Project

The Project Award category winner of the FCBarcelona Photo Awards, named “Variations on the podium”, explores the idea, form, connotations and history of the “podium” object. Through this exploration the work reflects on the paradox of sports, where the balance between self-improvement and professional competition is fundamental.

The project will be developed under the supervision of Ayperi Karabuda Ecer and is expected to be ready by December 2017.


Cristina de Middel is a Spanish artist whose work reflects predominantly on the relations between fiction and reality.

De Middel published her book “Afronautas” in 2012, a true bestseller inspired by the space program of Zambia. Thanks to this work, in 2013 she became a finalist of the Deutsche Börse photography prize. She also received the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography in New York for the best publication of 2013.

Cristina de Middel has exhibited her work in es Rencontres de la Photographie d´Arles, PHotoEspaña, the Festival Images in Vevey (Switzerland) as well as in numerous fairs and galleries around the world.

Her works have been published in the monographs Life and Miracles of Paula P., The Afronauts and Party, among others.

In 2015 she exhibited her project Man Jayen in the Museum University of Navarra.