Maria Svarbova (b. 1988) is currently living in Slovakia. She studied also restoration and archaeology, but finally choose photography as her favourite medium.
In the last six years, she garnered international acclaim setting new precedents in the photographic setting. Maria, despite her young age, already won prestigious awards, had a solo exhibition and is attracting features as Vogue, Forbes and other publications world wide.
Her style has a traditional first approach but with a detailed eye on experimenting with spaces, colors and people’s expressions, also if the human body is a secondary element, used an ornament to her often chosen Socialist architectures, to refreshen and highlight her creative palette.
In her work is often perceived a sense of detachment. Routine activities such as exercise, doctor appointments, domestic tasks are represented with a delicate stillness. The result is an induction to a contemplative silence in order to evoke an action, something is about to happen but Maria wants to focus on that extended moment of promise and awareness. She knows this is a rare achievement in chaotic modern pace.
Maria’s postmodern vision boldly articulates a dialogue that compels the viewer to respond to the mystery, loneliness, and isolation of the human experience. Nevertheless, deeply embedded within the aqueous pastels, Maria’s compositions hold to a celebratory elegance that transforms the viewer’s gaze into an enduring reverence for life’s simple beauty
The Swimming Pool series is her largest one yet. Started in 2014 is still developing. We may notice her fascination for post modernist architecture and Socialist public spaces which her country of birth is rich of.
These photographs are recognized for a sterile, geometric beauty and cinematographic quality mixed to highly controlled scenarios that Maria controlled and captures.
The swimmers are as cold, smooth and still as the pools are, and only the vibrant colors of their swimming suits may break this coolness and give a hint of contemporary times.
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