Church, Miami, 2020 ©Anastasia Samoylova

Opening of the Exhibition "Floridas - Photography by Anastasia Samoylova"

Friday, March 15, 2024, 7 p.m.

Anastasia Samoylova scratches the flamboyant surface of an American dream in a place where the public image is characterized by beaches and palm trees, where pink flamingos romp in front of colorful buildings and alligators find their way into pools. On her photographic road trip through Florida, Samoylova shows the Sunshine State as a shimmering fantasy and subtropical dystopia that is equally marked by its deep political divide and by the impact of the climate crisis.

While investigating the sociocultural identity of the famous swing state, Samoylova shows how Florida is a symbol of the polarized politics of the United States and its complex past. Her pictures depict urban centers with their deceptive advertising and luxurious real estate as well as desolate areas and wild nature. She also makes portraits of the people she meets along the way, all of whom call Florida their home despite their differences. Samoylova’s works tell of colorful emptiness, bombastic materialism, and cultural artificiality, revealing incompatibility, existential threats, and dreariness. Her pictures track down numerous contradictions and challenge the many identities of Florida.

Against the background of this dichotomy of staged perception and reality, Samoylova employs strategies of commercial photography in her artistic practice to investigate topics such as environmental protection, consumerism, and the picturesque. Her photographic observations of everyday life link her work to legendary American photographers such as Berenice Abbott, Robert Frank, and Walker Evans, who in their day also explored the country on road trips. As a photo artist of the present, she breathes new life into the typically American genre of road trip photography and imposes a female perspective on the genre’s predominantly male view of America.

With her colorful, collage-like details of reality, she transports the colorfulness of New Color Photography, which was once considered vulgar, into the present. In 2023, C/O Berlin presented Samoylova’s first institutional solo exhibition in Germany, which was curated by Dr. Kathrin Schönegg.

More information about the exhibition can be found here.

Welcome Address:
Dr. Meike Zwingenberger, Amerikahaus – Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations
Stephan Erfurt, C/O Berlin Foundation

Andrian Kreye, Süddeutsche Zeitung 
Dr. Kathrin Schönegg, Photography Collection Stadtmusem München 

Anastasia Samoylova will be present.

Photo: Church, Miami, 2020 ©Anastasia Samoylova

Anastasia Samoylova ©Anastasia Samoylova

Anastasia Samoylova (b. 1984, USSR) is an American artist who moves between observational photography and studio practice. Her work explores notions of environmentalism, consumerism and the picturesque. Recent exhibitions include Eastman Museum; Chrysler Museum of Art; The Photographer's Gallery, London; Kunst Haus Wien; HistoryMiami Museum; and Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle. In 2022 Samoylova was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Her work is in the collections at the Perez Art Museum, Miami; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; among others. Published monographs include Floridas (Steidl, 2022) and FloodZone (Steidl, 2019).

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Anastasia Samoylova's photography can be viewed from Saturday, March 16, 2024, through Saturday, November 30, 2024.

Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Friday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

The exhibition is closed on Sundays, as well as on public holidays.

Exhibition Poster of the Exhibition "Floridas – Photography by Anastasia Samoylova"

Amerikahaus München

Karolinenplatz 3, 80333, München

Dominik Raabe

Head of Programs – Culture and Politics


+49 89 552537-14

Nina Müller

Program Manager – Culture and Politics


+49 89 552537-13