Cristina de Middel


Multiple sizes available

Journey to the Center is a series that borrows the atmosphere and structure of the Jules Verne book “Journey to the Center of the Earth” to present the Central America migration route across Mexico as a heroic and daring journey rather than as a runaway.

In this version of the journey, the starting point is Tapachula, the Southern border of Mexico with Guatemala, and the journey ends in Felicity, a small town in California that is the officially, “Center of the World”. The absurdity of this landmark, from where you can see the border fence, just adds a layer of dystopic disappointment and becomes the perfect colophon for a contemporary version of a heroic jest, where the final destination is little less than a roadside touristic attraction.

With a language that combines straight documentary photography with constructed images and archival material, the narrative becomes multi-layered in order to complete the simplistic approach that media and official reports provide of the complex phenomenon that migration is.


Archival pigment
Limited edition
Signed certificate of authenticity

50 x 70 cm - edition of 5 + 2 Artist Proofs
100 x 140 cm - edition of 5 + 2 Artist Proofs


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