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.
Themes of freedom proliferate in Olivia Malone's projects exploring the transition from the awkwardness of youth to self-assured adulthood.
Echo and Convergence
Robin Rice Gallery, New York, presents Echo and Convergence, an exhibition by Benjamin Heller. The show invites visitors into an expressive dimension.
Made in Arizona
2012 marks the 100th year since Arizona became one of the United States, and this summer The Center for Creative Photography presents a selection of images created in the state.
The Nanjing International Art Festival comes to the capital of the Jiangsu province in China this winter and explores the theme Historicode: Scarcity and Supply for its third edition.
Barry Cawston uncovers the surprising beauty present in the seemingly mundane: his arresting photographs are often of still, silent settings, void of intrusive humanity and bursting with intriguing shapes, shades and angles.