Exhibition "Cristina de Middel. Letters to the director"

De Friday, September 29, 2023 - 11:00 p.m. a Sunday, January 14, 2024 - 14:00 p.m.
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Canal de Isabel II Hall

La Canal de Isabel II Hall hosts "Letters to the Director", an exhibition that presents the perspective of the photographer Cristina de Middel on the fundamental issues of the traditional press (war, violence and migration) through previous and more recent projects that are shown for the first time time broadly

Starting from the only response space that existed in the traditional press: letters to the editor (where, whoever read a newspaper could write to question, ask or complain about something), Cristina de Middel seeks to counteract the unidirectional discourses of the visual and the informative.

The exhibition features earlier and more recent projects being shown in full for the first time, from “Life and Miracles of Paula P.” (2009), “Gentlemen's Club” (2015 – 2023) to other current ones such as “Journey to the Center” (2015 – 2022) or the new production “The Kabuler” (2022) together with Lorenzo Meloni. All these series, along with others, address topics such as daily life in Taliban Afghanistan, the migratory journey through Mexico to reach the supposed center of the earth (as in Verne's novel) located in the United States or the prostitution from different angles. Beyond the drama of these issues, de Middel gives a twist and proposes new perspectives without judging, leaving the public to draw their own conclusions.

Cristina of Middel (Alicante, 1975) speaks with a visual language inherited from his initial stage in photojournalism, with a commitment to communicate that he has never lost, at the same time that he uses the artistic as a truly transforming tool of reality, encompassing different forms of relate issues that interest you constantly, such as fiction/reality, narration and communication of the visual, humor, the story and the ultimate reading of whoever is looking.

After 10 years as a photojournalist, Cristina De Middel's work began to investigate the ambiguous relationship that photography has with the truth. Combining the documentary with more conceptual approaches, the result is a questioning of the stereotypes and the absolute truths that the medium tends to champion. In 2017, she received the National Photography Award and became part of the Magnum agency, of which she assumed the presidency in 2022.


Curator: Semiramis González

Organized by: Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Sport. DG of Cultural Promotion. General Subdirectorate of Fine Arts

Free admission (limited capacity). It is not necessary to reserve a ticket in advance, unless you want to visit the exhibition in group -click here- 

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Place of celebration

Canal de Isabel II Hall
Calle de Sta Engracia, 125, 28003 Madrid, Spain
How to get there:

Metro: Ríos Rosas (Line 1) - Alonso Cano (Line 7)

EMT: Buses 3, 37 and 149

BICIMAD Station: c/ Santa Engracia, 127 (130)