Exhibitions — November 2, 2023

Anastasia Samoylova at PHAKT-Center Culturel Colombier in France

Solo exhibition FloodZone as part of the GLAZ photography festival

On view from 13 October until 22 December 2023

Anastasia Samoylova, Gator, 2017 | From the series FloodZone | Archival Pigment Print or Dye-Sublimation Print on Metal | 76 x 114 cm and 100 x 152 cm | ed. 5 + AP

The exhibition FloodZone was initiated when the artist-author moved to Miami in 2016. Through daily walks, Anastasia Samoylova began to reflect on the growing conflict between the city’s booming tourist and property market and the regular intrusion of the ocean on its coastline, as in 2017 when the city was particularly devastated by Hurricane Irma.

FloodZone is based on a set of interrelated paradoxes: the dissonance between the official iconography of tourism and property advertising and the harsh everyday realities of climate change; the way landscape and sense of place are both natural and constructed; and the way photography records and shapes perception.
Although the project was motivated by the effects of a major cataclysm, the FloodZone exhibition avoids the all-too-familiar media representations of catastrophe and human suffering. Instead, the artist offers images of a saturated territory, portraits of its inhabitants and meticulous observations of the local architecture, abundant flora and fauna.

While the economic forces at work contribute to a sense of denial and disavowal, Anastasia Samoylova’s photographs materialise what it feels like to live in a paradise that is sinking into catastrophe.


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