Anastasia Samoylova

Anastasia Samoylova (b. 1984) is a Russian-born American artist and photographer. Upon relocating to Miami, Florida, in 2016, she pursued observational photographic practice, leading to her lyrical and incisive first major monograph, FloodZone, which formed a study on the visualization of environmental threats posed to flood-risked communities in Miami and beyond. In her Floridas project, she gestures toward the state of Florida itself, forming a kaleidoscopic and contradictory portrait of how the state’s unique cultural and political psyche manifests in visual form. In 2021, Samoylova began Image Cities, in which she trained her lens globally within some of the world’s most significant urban centers while examining the images that cover their surfaces. Her recent exhibitions include C/O Berlin; Fundación Mapfre Madrid; Eastman Museum; Chrysler Museum of Art; Aperture Foundation;  The Photographers’ Gallery London; USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; The Print Center Philadelphia;  and Kunst Haus Vienna, among others. In 2022 Samoylova was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Samoylova was a recipient of the Ellies Creator Award, Fundación MAPFRE Photography Award, British Journal of Photography Grant, South Arts Fellowship, and Michael Smith Fund for Documentary Photography. Her work is in the collections of the Perez Art Museum, Miami; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Published monographs include FloodZone (Steidl, 2019),  Floridas (Steidl, 2022), and Image Cities (Fundación Mapfre/Hatje Cantz 2023).