Cristina de Middel is a documentary photographer and artist based in Bahia, Brazil.
“Some walls are not political because they do not separate the people, they just create a new space that hides and eventually protects those who enter, but they can fall anytime. They do not exist beyond the need they cover. These walls (that are not borders) are domestic. They are the lines that define what is a house and a home, the territory traditionally assigned to the woman and a queendom that carries the weight of tradition without having signed for it. I always found it very disturbing the concept of a housewife because both house and wife are ideas linked to control and limitation. When being a woman does not necessarily mean being a wife anymore and when a house can be OK without being home for someone else, I created this piece combining and redefining the house space, the idea of femininity, and reflecting on the metamorphosis that comes with the end of a tradition and the birth of the new domestic.”
Housewife of the New Domestic: stop motion animation, Cristina de Middel, 2022
To illustrate the fact that creativity emerges from countless perspectives, Alexander McQueen invites a group of twelve artists to express their individual working practices inspired by the Autumn/Winter 2022 women’s pre-collection.