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New photography exhibition exploring climate change opening at Candie

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Monday 21 November 2022

Announcing 'Floodzone', a new exhibition by international photographer Anastasia Samoylova, presented by the Guernsey Photography Festival and Guernsey Museums & Galleries. The exhibition runs from 26 November to 31 December at the Guernsey Museum at Candie. It has been guest curated by Tim Clark of '1000 Words' magazine.

'Floodzone' reflects and responds to the effect of rising sea levels around South Florida and frames the uneven costs to society of climate change. The project began in Miami in 2016. Through daily walks, Anastasia began to consider the growing conflict between the city's booming tourist and real-estate market and the ocean's intrusion on its shoreline.  Anastasia's images provide a broad yet acute perspective on what it feels like to live in at-risk areas while economic forces instil a sense of denial. Her subject is the precarious psychological state experienced by those living in a paradise sinking toward catastrophe. 

Jean-Christophe Godet, Artistic Director of the Guernsey Photography Festival, said: "It is a privilege to welcome Anastasia Samoylova's show in Guernsey. Her multi-layered work confronts us with our own responsibilities towards climate change and consumerism while challenging the notion of photographic representation. I'd like to thank Tim Clark, our guest curator for choosing Floodzone to be represented as part of our special 2021/2022 edition of the Guernsey Photography Festival."

Helen Glencross, Head of Heritage Services said: "FloodZone, which has been shown across America and Europe, visualises the complex relationship between the natural world and communities and challenges the way we think about climate change. Guernsey Museum was keen to show this exhibition and collaborate with The Guernsey Photography Festival again."

There will be a special event on Tuesday 6 December from 6.30pm. A private tour of the exhibition will be followed by an interview with Anastasia Samoylova at 7pm, live from New York with Jean-Christophe Godet.  Tickets are £8 (Students £5) and can be booked through www.guernseytickets.gg or Tel: 01481 225200.

Anastasia Samoylova (b. 1984, USSR) is an American photographer who moves between observational photography and studio practice. Her work explores notions of environmentalism, consumerism and the picturesque. In 2022 Samoylova was shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and has exhibited at The Photographer's Gallery, London, and widely in Europe and the USA.

Guernsey Museum is open daily 10.00-16.00 with free entry for Discovery Pass holders and their children.

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