FloodZone is an expansive photographic series responding to the environmental changes in coastal cities of the southern United States. The project is built upon a set of interrelated paradoxes: the seductive and destructive dissonance between the official iconography of the region comprised of tourist and real estate advertising and the stark daily realities of climate change; the ways landscape and a sense of place are at once natural and constructed; and the way photography both records and crafts perception. Although the project was prompted by the effects of a major hurricane, FloodZone avoids the over-familiar media imagery of disaster and human suffering. Instead, there are photographs of the saturated topography, portraits of locals, and close-up observations of architecture, abundant flora and fauna. The images provide a broad yet acute perspective on what it feels like to live in at-risk areas while economic forces instil a sense of denial and disavowal.
Born in Moscow in 1984, Anastasia Samoylova moves between observational photography and studio art practice. Her work explores notions of environmentalism, consumerism and the picturesque. Recent exhibitions include Kunst Haus Wien, Kunsthalle Mannheim, Multimedia Art Museum Moscow, HistoryMiami Museum, and Chrysler Museum of Art. Her work is in the collections of Wilhelm-Hack Museum, Perez Art Museum Miami, and Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, among others.