In Conversation With Mária Švarbová

Minimalism, the mundane and a meticulous eye. We speak to Slovakian photographer Mária Švarbová about mining the past and present to architect awe-inspiring sporting scenes

By Ashleigh Kane

Photography by Mária Švarbová

Photographer Mária Švarbová was born in Slovakia just one year before the fall of the Communist regime. While her own memories of that year are largely forgotten, the imagery she creates is steeped in the aesthetics and nostalgia of Communism’s legacy. Her highly produced images utilise original Socialist props, costumes, and buildings to recreate and elevate everyday spaces – from a doctor’s office, a butcher’s shop, and a swimming lesson – and turn them into spectacles of geometry, colour, and atmosphere.

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