By Libby Peterson
I won’t soon forget the work of Maria Svarbova. I don’t always love photos that look too processed, but
Svarbova’s silicone aesthetic is incredibly alluring. A photographer based in Slovakia, she began an
intriguing series called Swimming Pool, taken at various Socialist-era public pools. Symmetry and geometry
take center stage here. The figures are emotionless and chromatically vivid, evoking an unearthly vintage
quality that looks futuristic at the same time. Svarbova somehow strikes a balance between images that are
as detached and joyless as they are spunky and animated, and these opposites really work for me.