Slovakia-born Mária Švarbová (b. 1988) completed her studies in conservation, restoration and archaeology before dedicating herself to photography in 2010. Since then her photographs have focused on minimalism and purity, conveying emotional messages embedded within compositions. Images from The Tribune, SWIMM, No Diving and SWIMMING POOL feature places of recreation and leisure with unsettling emptiness and static sentiments. Still water and transfixed bodies are colour-coordinated, as if manufactured. Vintage costumes mirror red warning signs plastered onto the glossy tiled walls, which, combined with figures held mid-motion, create disconcerting images filled with an eerie despondence. This seeming state of limbo is further exaggerated by pool-goers’ reflections in the water; their well-practised poses are devoid of sensation or human response. This chilling group of works turns familiar places of enjoyment into tonal desolation. www.mariasvarbova.com.
Art Brussels 2017
2017 sees the 35th edition of Art Brussels, one of Europe’s most significant fairs. Since its inception, the festival has evolved into an influential event.
If Cig Harvey takes her inspiration from past and personal experiences, then the world in which she lives must be at once beautiful and terrifying.
Concerns with time, space, history and landscape inform the practice of British artist Darren Almond, exploring how these different dimensions intersect.
Danny Lyon: Capturing Society
A striking collection of photographs created by the American documentary photographer Danny Lyon is on show until 26 November at Beetles + Huxley
Giorgio Stefanoni's bold and colourful series Unknown Geometries provides intriguing angles on metropolitan architecture, focusing on urban details.