A Slideluck Potshow London/DEVELOP Tube creative collaboration - Made In by Cristina De Middel: Everybody seems to agree about the future of China. Everybody is staring at the fantastic growing of a nation that will soon ( 2016, some say) turn into the leading economic power of the world. The human right watchers, the environmental concerned and the demographic experts hardly get to raise their voices upon the optimistic and gentle vision offered by the market gurus that claim the Chinese example as the model to follow in order to overcome the world´s crisis. Still, very little is known, due to censorship, about the generation that will soon be in charge of this leadership.
Suffering the strongest social, academic and professional pressure in the history of their country, Chinese teenagers struggle to find their place in a society they hardly understand. Unable to find answers in their communist grown parents, facing the new challenges designed specifically for them as future leaders, there must be a reason for suicide being the major cause of death between Chinese teenagers.
Based on the observation of the extremely interesting and symptomatic routine of the Chinese youth, this essay tries to convey an honest approach to the society they live in. The leisure culture, the competitive race from sports to college, the requirements of a family that has invested their little money and huge hope in raising a modern champion, the traditional social bindings and the complex personality of only child that know little about generosity and solidarity is, from my point of view a time bomb.
I have been working as a photojournalist for almost 10 years in daily press and have collaborated with different NGO´s documenting projects around the world but I've always been attracted to non-classical ways of story-telling. With this essay I take a step forward in my conviction on the idea that explicit, beautiful and literal images have little room left in the future of serious reporting with the current crisis of the media.
I bet on the subjectivity and the opinion-based stories as I engage myself on documenting my presumed reality rather than the Capital Letters Truth I do no trust anymore. And this is what I mean when I say “honest approach”.
“Kung Fu” refers colloquially to any individual accomplishment or skill cultivated through long and hard work and seems to be present in modern Chinese society more than ever.
De Middel's personal and professional work for newspapers and NGOs has been recognized by the National Photojournalism Prize Juan Cancelo (2009), Fnac Photographic Talent (2009) and the Humble Arts Women in Photography Project Grant (2011). She has an MA in fine arts from University of Valencia, Spain (2001), an MA in photography from University of Oklahoma (2000) and a postgraduate degree in photojournalism from Universitat Politécnica de Barcelona, Spain (2002).
As part of a creative collaboration between Slideluck Potshow London and DEVELOP Tube, Erica McDonald has made a selection of the stories presented in London in the 2012 SLPS edition, to be spotlighted on DEVELOP Tube. The artists selected are: Alexander Sedelnikov, Cristina de Middel, Luca Sage, Melissa Cacciola, Paul S. Amundsen, Pierfrancesco Celada, Kirsty Mackay, Claudia Mozzillo, Alvaro Laiz.
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