Serenity, distance and architecture
Maria Svarbova, photographer, was born in 1988 in Slovakia. Her initial studies include archaeology and restoration, although she felt more compelled by the world of photography. Maria`s images have been throughout the internet these days, while her work has been featured in a wide range of magazines and online publications, including Vogue, Guardian, Instagram, Kathimerini, etc.
Her strong identity is characterised by the tranquil atmosphere that the carefully selected sets ommit, along with the stable, yet detached human fugure and the strictly organised architectural compositions. Maria`s photography expresses ordinary places, objects and movements in a colourful, peculiar way. Influenced by the modern buildings of the soviet era, she brings them in the context of a contemporary artistic vocabulary. There`s no need to wonder why she has already won 5 international awards since 2013.
The pastel universe of a swimming pool
Probably her most recognisable photographic series take place within the sterilized hall of a swimming pool, capturing a universally tanglible loneliness. The depicted bodies seem to suffer under a silent, rigid tension, despite them being perfect and sleek. We read in her website that “through her photographs, Maria stops the time and shares her vision: she is not afraid to address the loneliness and isolation, nevertheless she chooses to celebrate its still, calm beauty”.