Roots is an artwork from the series FloodZone. FloodZone is Anastasia's photographic account of life on the climatic knife-edge of the southern United States. It's an expansive project reflecting and responding to the problem of rising sea levels. The project began in Miami in 2016, Samoylova moved to the area, her first experience living in a tropical environment. It was the hottest summer on record. Through daily walks she began to realize how the city’s seductive tropical palette and quality of light concealed the growing dissonance between its booming real-estate market and the ocean’s encroachment on its shoreline. Ocean views are prized in the real-estate world, with little regard for building projects’ locations in high-risk flood zones. Investors seem to turn a blind eye to the reality that Miami is steadily slipping underwater. Miami Beach, in particular, is a striking case study: the artificial island boasts some of the most luxurious properties, but it is subject to regular flooding. Living in Miami is bittersweet: it looks and feels like a paradise, but the only secure roots belong to mangrove trees.