Flood zone: The Reality of Life in Miami

Words and images ©  ANASTASIA SAMOYLOVA

Words and images © ANASTASIA SAMOYLOVA

As sea levels continue to rise GLOBALLY, the CONCERNS surrounding climate change can no longer be ignored. it is estimated that in the year 2100 about one-fifth of the world’s population will be displaced as a result of THIS INCREASE IN SEA LEVELS.

In response to these pressing issues, Miami-based artist Anastasia Samoylova launched her series “FloodZone,” an ongoing project documenting this very real environmental threat in her own hometown.

Beginning in 2016, Samoylova moved to the city of Miami. Through her practice of daily walks, she began to realize how the city’s seductive tropical palette and quality of light concealed the growing dissonance between its booming real estate market and the ocean’s encroachment on its shoreline. The rising sea has become an inescapable part of daily life in Miami, affecting all of its residents in one way or another. Issues like storm flooding, making commuting increasingly difficult; to the overflow of sewer water leading to concerns about health.

“Ocean views are prized in the real-estate world” says Samoylova, “with little regard for building projects locations in high-risk flood zones.” Investors seem to turn a blind eye to the reality that Miami is steadily slipping underwater. Miami Beach, in particular, is a striking case study: the artificial island boasts some of the most luxurious properties, but is subject to regular flooding. As Samoylova notes, “life in Miami is bittersweet; it looks and feels like a paradise, but the only secure roots belong to the mangrove trees.”

Floodzone aims to manifest the precarious psychological state of lives that teeter between paradise and catastrophe. Although focused for now on the U.S. East Coast and the South, this series will continue to grow as more communities are threatened by rising sea levels.


“THE Communities at risk are those that most severely feel and suffer the effects of climate change; this project frames flooding and its hazards as an urgent global issue that requires universal attention and consciousness.”