Solo museum exhibition of Anastasia Samoylova
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Tampa, Florida, USA
Jan 17, 2020 – Mar 7, 2020
FloodZone, the first solo museum exhibition of Moscow-born, Miami-based artist Anastasia Samoylova, presents the installation of an ongoing photographic series, reflecting and responding to the immediate impacts of sea-level rise in South Florida.
Anchored by Samoylova’s focus on how photography obscures reality and crafts perception, FloodZone highlights the friction between natural and constructed landscapes by investigating the relationship between environmentalism, consumerism, and the picturesque. The FloodZone images capture the precarious psychological state of living in a paradise sinking towards catastrophe and reveal the role photography plays in generating collective memories and imagined geographies.
Left to right: Roots (2018), Camouflage (2017), Concrete Erosion (2019)
Left to right: Pink Sidewalk (2017), Painted Roots (2017), South Beach Reflection (2017), Green Mold (2019)
Samoylova’s images bring to the surface the seductive and destructive dissonance between the saturation of the real estate industry’s marketing images of a tropical paradise offering water views, while properties and streets are regularly flooded with storm and sewer water. This new iteration and installation of FloodZone provide Samoylova an opportunity to generate new work and expand her project to focus on coastal communities in Florida’s Gulf Coast region.