Swamp city

Solange Adum Abdala

2012 - 2017

Miami, Florida, United States

Swamp City: Transfiguration of the urban space", aims to show how the city of Miami, iconic for the Latino community of the United States, emerges from a dense swampy nature, which has been transgressed by man during the last 80 years , since the beginning of its architectural and commercial boom since the second decade of the twentieth century. The series in question is divided into 3 parts: The Swamp, The Resilience and The City. "The Swamp" stands out for its representation of the natural state of the Florida area, whose tropical and marshy thicket coexists in a similar and harmonious way with urban and sub urban neighborhoods. "The Resilience", on the other hand, attests to how the weight of cement constructions imposes itself as a skyline, subjecting nature unquestionably. Finally, "The City" documents the downtown area of Miami, a place where commerce, in a state of decline as a result of the economic crisis of 2008, still maintains absolute supremacy over nature.

As in the work of Lewis Baltz, the documentation of Adum focuses on a compilation of images made up of desolate land, garages, factories, warehouses, anonymous constructions, posters, advertisements and details. The registry is clean and geometric, frontal and objective, giving relevance to the forms and contrasts. All these "architectural devices" are photographed by Adum in an almost sculptural way, discovering a sub-natural landscape that has been devastated by the ferocious anthropization and by an excessive growth. Thus, each "sculpture" unveiled in "SWAMP CITY" becomes a sort of landmark, whose presence is already irreversible, reconfiguring a territory that went from being landscape, to deforming rather into an anti-landscape of unknown consequences.

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