Anastasia Samoylova’s photographic collection visually captures the impact climate change has on human behavior.
– FloodZone, a climate-inspired exhibition boasting a 47-piece collection, opens October 15 at HistoryMiami Museum. Created and curated by Miami’s own Anastasia Samoylova, it will fittingly have its most impressive and largest display to date in her residential hometown. Her art is acclaimed for its bold stance on the notions of consumerism and environmentalism, but balanced in its non-sensationalistic approach to changing landscapes resulting from climate change.
“This project explores how we navigate our space around environmental changes, how we prepare for this moment, and how we live in at-risk areas while economic forces instill a sense of denial and disavowal,” said Samoylova, a Russian-American artist who moves between observational photography, studio practice, and installation.
Visitors to FloodZone will experience portraits of locals, flora, the concrete jungles that replace mangrove forests, wetlands, and farms, all embodied in lush greens, azure blues, and pastel pink colors.
HistoryMiami Museum Executive Director Jorge Zamanillo describes Samoylova’s photography as an evocativedocumentary project of the changing landscape: “What this busy community needs desperately is time to reflect on the changes happening around us. FloodZone gives us the space to pause and consider how current realities are impacting our South Florida community.”
The exhibition, on display at HistoryMiami Museum, 101 W. Flagler Street, will remain in place through April 17, 2022. Open Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., and Sunday noon – 4 p.m., admission is $10 for adults; seniors and students with ID are $8; children ages 6-12 are $5; Museum members and children under 6 are free.
Guests enjoying FloodZone can also visit the complementary companion exhibition, storms and flooding in Miami, in the Photograph Collection Highlights gallery adjacent to FloodZone. The exhibition is presented with the generous support of Miami-Dade County, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, John and Susannah Shubin, Sheryl F. Gold, and the Touzet Studio. For more information, visit historymiami.org.