Maria Svarbova: In the Swimming Pool

The last time we spoke to photographer Maria Svarbova, in the December 2017 issue, she told us of her Swimming Pool series, “The atmosphere depicted through a palette of pastel and overexposed tones projects the spectator into a sanitized world in which the characters have chosen to give up any kind of extravagance that might unmask them.”

Currently, through April 10th, Svarbova has her Swimming Pool series on view through April 10 at Gilman Contemporary in Ketchum, Idaho. She went on to tell us about the series, “Time seems to have stopped, and the swimmers have no other idea than to see themselves reflected in the perfectly still water of the swimming pool. Reworking the concept of the photo novel that originated through a combination of cinema and comic strips, my photographs are a succession of short scenes in which the frontality and absence of contrasts removes any narrative dimension in favor of the fullness of the photographic surface.”

“The use of retouching software allows me to master this careful and stringent aesthetic with extreme precision, attenuating differences as though all individuals were the same, losing all of their individuality and identity.”