"FloodZone" is Miami-based Russian photographer Anastasia Samoylova’s account of life on the knife-edge of the Southern United States: in Florida, whe...
The color palette is tropical: lush greens, azure blues, pastel pinks. But the mood is pensive and melancholy. As new luxury high-rises soar, their foundations are in water. Crumbling walls carry images of tourist paradise. Manatees appear in odd places, sensitive to environmental change. Water is everywhere and water is the problem. Mixing lyric documentary, gently staged photos and epic aerial vistas, FloodZone crosses boundaries to express the deep contradictions of the place. The carefully paced sequence of photographs, arranged as interlocking chapters, make no judgment: they simply show.
In “FloodZone,” the photographer Anastasia Samoylova’s first task is to understand the seductive contradiction of a place drowning in its own mythical images as it also drowns in water.
When a hurricane approaches, the air tingles. The sea does strange things. In minutes, the sky can turn from azure blue to slate gray. Turbulence comes out of nowhere. You can picture what follows, and many photographers do, but you will find no images of catastrophe in Anastasia Samoylova’s “FloodZone.” She is looking for other things, the subtler signs of what awaits the populations that cluster along shorelines. What is it to live day by day on a climatic knife’s edge? What psychological state does it demand? Hurricanes are sudden and violent; sea-level rise is insidious and creeping. The low-level dread of slow change, and the shock of sudden extremes. Climate and weather.
LANDSCAPE AS FETISH is a group exhibition, curated by Greer Muldowney that opens at the Gallery Kayafas in Boston on August 7th, running through August 29th, 2015. Artists Timothy Briner, Jesse Burke, Christine Collins, Mark Dorf, Jonathan Gitelson, Ange
LANDSCAPE AS FETISH is a group exhibition, curated by Greer Muldowney that opens at the Gallery Kayafas in Boston on August 7th, running through August 29th, 2015. Artists Timothy Briner, Jesse Burke, Christine Collins, Mark Dorf, Jonathan Gitelson, Angela Mittiga, and Anastasia Samoylova are featured for their unique interpretation of the landscape.