Cristina de Middel ,“Iko Iko,” Digital C-print from “The A
Community Folk Art Center (CFAC), in cooperation with UVP, is pleased to present an exhibition of artist Cristina de Middel’s series, “The Afronauts,” from Jan. 17- Feb. 28, 2015. “The Afronauts” is inspired by Zambia’s short-lived space program. In 1964, the newly independent nation of Zambia began a space program with the intention of putting the first African on the Moon. Though it never received necessary funding, the program—lead by eccentric school teacher, Edward Makuka—captured the excitement and ambitions of this young country. Using this history as a point of departure, Cristina de Middel created “The Afronauts,” a body of artwork including photographs, drawings, video, and sculptures. A video by de Middel is featured in the “Black Radical Imagination I” screening and curator talk on Feb. 10, 2015 in Shemin Auditorium on Syracuse University’s main campus.
“The Afronauts” and “Black Radical Imagination I & II” are presented in collaboration with UVP as part of a year-long program, “Celestial Navigation: a year into the afro future”.
For more information, go to: http://communityfolkartcenter.org/