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Week in pictures: Afronauts

  • Sole-searching

    Erik Kessels has pulled together 2,500 images of feet to create an installation for the F/STOP International Photography Festival in Leipzig, Germany. The Dutch curator of found photography sourced the ‘foot selfies’ online, layering the walls and floor with life-sized prints and encouraging visitors to walk bare-footed across the work. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)

  • Wigging out

    Singers perform Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Traviata at the foothill of Masada, an ancient Jewish mountain fortress near the Dead Sea, as part of the Israeli Opera Festival. The festival is Israel’s largest cultural event, involving 700 performers, and is now in its fourth year. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

  • A place for reflection

    Architecture students Angus Ritchie and Daniel Tyler have designed a mirrored lookout point in a Scottish national park. As part of their studies at Strathclyde University, the pair created a pavilion containing benches positioned to frame views of a nearby loch, adding mirrored stainless steel that allows the structure to blend in with surrounding landscape. (Ross Campbell)

  • Rocket man

    When Zambia gained independence in 1964, science teacher Edward Makuka Nkoloso designed a rocket and recruited 10 men and women as trainee astronauts. Spanish photographer Cristina de Middel was so fascinated with Nkoloso’s ultimately unsuccessful attempt to create a Zambian space programme that she documented it in a project blending fact and fiction. The Afronauts is on display at Pinta London, a fair dedicated to Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese art. (Cristina de Middel)

  • Stairway to heaven

    Revellers walk up the steps of the crematorium at the southern cemetery in Leipzig during the Wave and Goth festival, the largest event of its kind in the world. The annual festival, known in Germany as Wave-Gotik-Treffen (WGT), featured music and visual arts, with exhibits across the city including ‘Living with the Dead by the Congo’ and ‘The Morbid Beauty of Old Cemeteries’. (Reuters/Thomas Peter)

  • Blue sky thinking

    Sculptor Heinz Mack represented Germany at the Venice Biennale in 1970. He now turns his hand to the Architecture Biennale, creating a monumental installation called The Sky Over Nine Columns. Standing in front of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, the columns are each more than 7m high and covered in golden mosaic made up of 800,000 tiles. (Marco Secchi/Getty Images)

  • Art on a leash

    A visitor pulls the art work It (1996) by Kristof Kintera by a leash at the Museum Tinguely in Basel, Switzerland. Kintera's exhibition I am Not You features the Czech artist’s multimedia pieces; this pull-along sculpture on rollers is designed to spark interactions with passersby. (AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas)

  • Chewing it over

    Students inspect artist Douglas Coupland's Gumhead sculpture outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in Canada. Coupland invites people to stick chewing gum on the resin and polyester sculpture, which depicts his own head. (Reuters/Ben Nelms)