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23 January 2012

Afronauts

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Afronauts, by Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel, creates an imagined futuristic landscape of Afronauts and science fiction.

“Afronauts” by Spanish photographer Cristina De Middel is a fictional photo essay inspired by the true story of Zambian school teacher and eccentric Edward Makuka Nkoloso, who started an unofficial amateur space program in his home country in 1964, during the height of the Space Race.

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Here is a video of the story that inspired the photo series. The video below mocks the attempt for the space mission, but it served as an inspiration to many artists and filmakers.

Hinted in Alexis Madrigal’s blog post about NkolosoOld, Weird Tech: The Zambian Space Cult of the 1960s, is a sense of the end of liberation struggle, Zambia’s independence day celebrations and, perhaps, the same kind of naiveté, optimism and euphoria we’ve seen frozen and capsuled by photographers like Philippe Koudjina and Malick Sidebe in the black and white pictures they took of Malian youth in that hopeful time.

 - bombasticelement.org
Zambia’s forgotten space program 1964

About jepchumba

Jepchumba is an AFRICAN DIGITAL ARTIST and DIGITAL ENTHUSIAST who works hard to combine her two passions: Digital Media and Africa. Originally from Kenya, she has lived around the world developing her interest in philosophy, art and technology. An African digital artist, Jepchumba loves experimenting with motion, sound and various digital effects and techniques and has an extensive background in digital art, web design and development, audio/visual production and social media strategies.