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Anastasia Samoylova

Artist Statement Submitted 2020

FloodZone is my ongoing photographic project reflecting on the problem of rising sea levels. The project began in 2016, when I moved to Miami, my first experience living in a coastal environment. It was the hottest summer on record. Soon after moving I began to realize how the city’s seductive tropical palette concealed the growing dissonance between its booming real-estate market and the ocean’s encroachment on its territory. FloodZone is grounded in my longstanding attention to the differences between natural versus constructed landscapes, and to the role that photographs play in constructing imagined geographies. The project aims to manifest the precarious psychological state of lives that teeter between paradise and catastrophe.

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