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Anastasia Samoylova on Floridas: Nonfiction
Saturday, November 19, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States
Miami-based photographer Anastasia Samoylova has captured Florida on intensive road trips. Walker Evans (1903-75) photographed it over four decades. Twisting the visual cliches, these two remarkably discerning observers convey Florida’s dizzying combination of fantasy and reality. Evans witnessed modern Florida emerging in the 1930s, with its blend of cultures, waves of tourism, stark beauty, and blatant vulgarity. He photographed there until the 1970s, making Polaroids that still feel contemporary. Samoylova inherits what Evans saw coming. With intelligence and humor, she picks her way through the seductions and disappointments of a place that symbolizes the contradictions of the United States today. In Floridas, their work is presented in parallel, weaving past and present, switching between black-and-white and color imagery. Moderating is Heather Diack, associate professor of art history at the University of Miami.