Monica Uszerowicz is a writer and photographer in Miami, Florida. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB, Artforum, Art in America, Filmmaker Magazine, and elsewhere. (May 2020)

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Picturing Climate Crisis in Miami

FloodZone evokes not so much the tension between Miami’s ecological precariousness and its irrepressible beauty as their intertwined unity. Upon her arrival to the city from Great Barrington, Massachusetts nearly four years ago, photographer Anastasia Samoylova was struck by the fauna, how it crept into urban areas—an egret on a crosswalk, an octopus in a garage. “It reminded me of J.G. Ballard’s Drowned World,” she told me at her studio, as sun-starched as her images. “I questioned whether humans were ever meant to really inhabit this place.”