Anastasia Samoylova – Coming Waters and Matthieu Litt – Oasis

Anastasia Samoylova, Matthieu Litt

February 25 - April 10
Open Wed-Fri 12-18, Sat 13-18. One visitor at a time & no appointment required

Anastasia Samoylova – Coming Waters 

Anastasia Samoylova’s second presentation at Galerie Caroline O’Breen is ‘Coming Waters’. The title comes from the essay by David Campany published in The New Yorker magazine and in Samoylova’s book FloodZone (Steidl 2019).

Made in South Florida, this suite of elegant yet unsettling photographs hints at the fragility of a place experiencing the very real but strange effects of climate change. Historically this region was swampland and mangroves. A century of intensive urban development turned it into a tourist paradise, But now nature is slowly reclaiming it. The sea level is rising. The limited fresh water is becoming salty. Storms of greater intensity inflict their damage.  It is a time of transition that is perhaps irreversible, yet life goes on with its mix of denial, resignation, realism and fantasy.

Samoylova’s photographs are dreamlike yet clear-headed observations, alert to the everyday signs and symptoms of these changing conditions of place and mind.  Fresh green leaves shredded by a hurricane settle on the shimmering blue of a swimming pool. A glossy wave oozes over the ornate marble deck of a crumbling historic building. A spilling high tide turns the staircase of a Miami-pink building into a surreal scene worthy of de Chirico. These are not images of disaster or catastrophe, They are open doors to the complex feelings we have about what is happening and what is to come.

Anastasia Samoylova (1984) is a Russian-American artist who lives and works in Miami. Her ongoing series FloodZone is an expansive photographic project that began in 2016 reflecting and responding to the problem of rising sea levels – she was awarded a number of grants for FloodZone, including the South Arts Fellowship and Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography. In 2020, Samoylova had her first solo museum exhibition at USF Contemporary Art Museum in Tampa, Florida. In 2021, her work will be shown at Orlando Museum of Art; Museum Helmond; The Print Center Philadelphia; Chrysler Art Museum and HistoryMiami Museum. Her work is included in the collection of Pérez Art Museum Miami and Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Art Slant Collection in Paris, and a number of other corporate and private art collections.

 

Matthieu Litt – Oasis

Matthieu Litt explores a terrain that is called ‘Ry-Ponet’, named after the small river that flows there. It is located in the metropolitan area of the Belgian city of Liège and covers an area of 350 hectares, five kilometers from the historic city center. It is an unplanned landscape park with hills and unexpectedly large biodiversity. At the time of globalization, the green lung is a symbol of resistance, a place to breathe, to escape from city noise and pollution, a shelter for people and animals.