Themes of life often set up in Socialist-era public spaces – such as dining, swimming, a visit to the doctor – mundane aspects are triggering Maria Svarbova‘s conceptual photography the most. Born 1988 in Slovakia, she studies restoration and archaeology but found a medium for her artistic expression in photography.
A lack of motion and sentiment generates a disruption, detaching the viewer from the real world to experience the absolute void, the silent scream, the overwhelming loneliness within the group and the self as well, the sense of loss and alienation defining the characters, to ironically evoke a haunting vision of a potential future.- Maria Svarbova
Her strong identity is characterised by the tranquil atmosphere that carefully selected sets transmit with the help of three scenographers. Her photography shows her interest in architecture, geometry and color and according to her own words, she barely needs any post-production since the photo should first look great in the camera.
The human body in Maria’s photographs looks like an accidental prop, lacking distinctive characteristics or emotions. The imagery appears frozen in a moment yet dreamy with soothing pastels and a stroke of foggy light.