Sabrina Amrani opens 'FloodZone', Anastasia Samoylova's first exhibition in Spain

The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Sabrina Amrani opens 'FloodZone', Anastasia Samoylova's first exhibition in Spain
Anastasia Samoylova, Gator, 2017-2021. ChromaLuxe. 76 x 114 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sabrina Amrani.

MADRID.- Sabrina Amrani is presenting FloodZone, Anastasia Samoylova‘s first exhibition in Spain. The title of the show is borrowed from her eponymous project started in 2016, a photographic series in which the artist seeks to respond to the environmental changes on coastal cities of South Florida.

The project is built upon a set of interrelated paradoxes: the seductive and destructive dissonance between the official iconography of the region, comprised by tourist and real estate advertising, and the stark daily realities of climate change; the ways of landscape and the 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 ruin and disaster. Instead, there are photographs of the saturated topography, portraits of locals, and close-up observations of architecture, abundant flora and fauna. Samoylova’s images provide a broad yet acute perspective on what it feels like to live in at-risk areas while economic forces instill a sense of denial and disavowal. Her subject is the precarious psychological state experienced by those living in a paradise sinking towards catastrophe.

By playing self-consciously with the familiar motifs and palette of the region, her photographs work as complex allegories. They pick out scenes, situations and details that compress multiple meanings and implications, bringing to the surface the many ways in which the fate and self-understanding of South Florida is bound up with its self-image. For Samoylova, photography is key in the making and remaking of collective memories and imagined geographies. FloodZone is a contemplation of this, at a moment of significant transition.

Floodzone has been featured in key publications as The New Yorker, Artforum and El País. The project is completed with a book, that was published by Steidl in 2019.

Anastasia Samoylova (born 1984, Moscow; lives and works in Miami) moves between observational photography, studio practice and installation. Samoylova’s work is not about disaster and catastrophe. She explores and evidence the complex relationship between the nature and human society. Her photography plays around the collective memories and the narratives of geography.

This present year, Samoylova’s work will be shown in solo exhibitions at The Chrysler Museum of Art, The Print Center Philadelphia, and HistoryMiami Museum, among others. In 2020, she had her first solo museum exhibition of the ongoing project FloodZone at USF Contemporary Art Museum (Tampa, USA).

Her work was also presented at the Biennale for Contemporary Photography in Germany, at Pérez Art Museum in Miami (USA); at the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago (USA) and at Aperture Foundation in NYC (USA), to name a few.

Anastasia Samoylova’s work is present in private and institutional collections such as the Perez Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago and Art Slant Collection in Paris, among others.

Samoylova received her MFA from Bradley University and MA in Environmental Design from the Russian State University for the Humanities.

Today's News

February 8, 2021

Vallarino Fine Art's February Recent Acquisitions 2021

Venice still magical as tourist-free carnival kicks off

In beleaguered Babylon, doing battle against time, water and modern civilization

Hauser & Wirth opens an exhibition of paintings, furniture, and ceramics by Mary Heilmann

Margin Alexander and his New York Music exhibitions

Radical exhibition at Galerie Templon defies the codes of painting, volume and space

Parrasch Heijnen opens an exhibition of new works by Xylor Jane

The National Gallery, London reaches worldwide audience following successful digital drive

Brian Rochefort's first solo exhibition in Milan opens at Massimo De Carlo

Knoxville Museum of Art receives major gift of Catherine Wiley paintings from Edwin Packard Wiley family

Fears for future of Romania's master violin makers

National Gallery of Australia unveils a new hot air balloon sculpture

Christie's announces highlights of an online sale comprising 124 lots of furniture and works of art

AD Leb, a new initiative to support the creative community in Beirut to launch this March

New Junior Curator for Boijmans thanks to Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Award

Museum of the Invisible Woman, an ongoing project with artist Adam Milner, culminates in publication

Raymond Pettibon painting leads Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art auction

De Buck launches new exhibition space in Saint-Paul de Vence

Exhibition brings together a group of 27 olfactory sculptures by Antoine Renard

Group exhibition focused on the act of painting in the 21st century opens at Almine Rech

The Drawing Center opens Ebecho Muslimova's first solo museum exhibition

Ballet isn't as psycho as 'Tiny Pretty Things' say French dancers

Sabrina Amrani opens 'FloodZone', Anastasia Samoylova's first exhibition in Spain

Fine Arts Paris will take place on November 17-21, 2021 in the courtyard of Paris's Dôme des Invalides

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Truck Accident Attorneys
Accident Attorneys

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site Parroquia Natividad del Señor
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful