Anastasia Samoylova & Sara Knelman In Conversation

CONTACT Gallery ⁠ accessible_forward
80 Spadina Ave, Ste 205
May 25, 6–7pm

Russian-born, Miami-based artist Anastasia Samoylova and curator Sara Knelman will discuss the artist’s series FloodZone, presented on platform-level posters at Davisville Subway Station as a Core Outdoor Installation in the 2022 CONTACT Festival.

One of this year’s nominees for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, the series FloodZone exposes the rising water levels in and around Miami and other Florida shorelines. Samoylova’s large-scale, sun-drenched images draw attention to subtle changes in the natural landscape and on human habits and desires that precipitate this unstoppable shift. Changes here are slow, the impending disaster all but inevitable. The artist’s project approaches a place and a moment on the brink of transformation with tenderness, finding great beauty underscored by gentle menace. 

Curated by Sara Knelman

Presented by CONTACT

Anastasia Samoylova is a Russian-born American photographer who moves between observational photography, studio practice, and installation. Her work explores notions of environmentalism, consumerism, and the picturesque. She has recently held exhibitions at Kunst Haus Wien; Chrysler Museum of Art, HistoryMiami Museum; Kunsthalle Mannheim, and Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle. In 2022 Samoylova was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and will present an extensive solo exhibition at the Eastman Museum (Rochester, NY). Her work is in the collections of the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, and the Wilhelm-Hack Museum, among others. Her two monographs, FloodZone and Floridas, were published by Steidl in 2019 and 2022.