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FloodZone: Anastasia Samoylova

January 13 – March 7, 2020
USF Contemporary Art Museum, West Gallery

Curated by Sarah Howard: organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum

Anastasia Samoylova, from the FloodZone series, 2016-2019.

Anastasia Samoylova, from the FloodZone series, 2016-2019.

FloodZone, the first solo museum exhibition of Moscow-born, Miami-based artist Anastasia Samoylova, presents a newly commissioned 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 among 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. 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 provides Samoylova an opportunity to generate new work and expand her project to focus on coastal communities in Florida’s Gulf Coast region.


Anastasia Samoylova (b. 1984, Moscow; lives in Miami) moves between observational photography, studio practice and installation. Samoylova’s work will be presented at the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Germany, as part of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie (2020); recent exhibitions include Museum of Contemporary Photography, IL; Purdue University, IN; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, WI; Griffin Museum of Photography, MA; Foley Gallery, NY; Aperture Foundation, NY; as well as numerous festivals in Brazil, Belgium, France, Israel, Netherlands, China, and South Korea. Her work is included in the collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, Art Slant Collection Paris, and MoMA Library New York. Samoylova is an artist in residence at the ArtCenter South Florida (2018-2019) and has participated in residencies at Mass MoCA, Fountainhead Studios, and Latitude Chicago. In 2018, Samoylova was awarded two grants for her ongoing project FloodZone, the South Arts Fellowship and Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography. Samoylova’s first monograph, Landscape Sublime, was published in 2016 by In-Between Editions, and her forthcoming publication FloodZone, with renowned international photography publisher Steidl, will be released in September, 2019. Samoylova has published with The New Yorker, Smithsonian Magazine, FOAM, Wired, Art Press, Wall Street Journal, Oxford American and Bloomberg Businessweek. She has lectured as an invited artist at George Eastman Museum, NY; ParisPhoto; School of Visual Arts, NY; among others. Samoylova is represented by Julie Saul Gallery in New York.

Selected Press on Anastasia Samoylova
AINT—BAD – profile on Samoylova’s FloodZone series by independent publisher of new photographic art
Float Photo Magazine – interview with Anastasia Samoylova from January, 2019
lensculture – “Manufactured Beauty and Default Photographs” in depth interview with Anastasia Samoylova exploring her photo-based practice, visual representation, and the environment
Fast Company – profile on how Samoylova’s FloodZone images document the effects of climate change on coastal communities