Swamp city

Solange Adum Abdala

2017 - 2012

Miami, Florida, United States

Miami, an iconic city for the Latino community in the United States, arises in the middle of a geography of thick swampy nature, which has been transgressed by human beings during the last 80 years, since the beginning of its architectural and commercial boom from from the second decade of the 20th century.

The series 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 swampy thicket coexists in a similar and harmonious way with urban and suburban neighborhoods. The Resilience, on the other hand, attests how the weight of the cement constructions is imposed as a skyline, unquestionably subduing nature. Finally, The City documents downtown Miami, a place where commerce, in a state of decline as a result of the 2008 economic crisis, still maintains absolute supremacy over nature.

The photographic document focuses on a compilation of images made up of desolate grounds, garages, factories, warehouses, anonymous buildings, posters, advertisements and details. The register is clean and geometric, frontal and objective, giving relevance to the forms and contrasts. All these "architectural devices" are photographed in an almost sculptural way, thus discovering a sub-natural landscape that has been devastated by fierce anthropization and excessive growth. Thus, each "sculpture" unveiled in Swamp City becomes a sort of landmark, whose presence is now irreversible, reconfiguring a territory that went from being a landscape, to instead become deformed into an anti-landscape of unknown consequences.

The project is a clear example that every landscape carries with it an inseparable cultural load. And it is that the landscape is the representation of a territory, and a territory, is in turn, a representation of those who inhabit it. The landmarks suggested by the artist are perhaps a mirage of the American dream.

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