2019 — Switzerland
About this series
In the art project HIDDEN, photographer Kostas Maros and art historian Catherine Iselin explore what it is that constitutes the fascination of hidden places. Together they selected and visited 25 places throughout Switzerland which, for the majority of people, have remained inaccessible or hidden up to now. The photographs and texts that resulted from their search for the unusually usual, the strangely remarkable the variously unique, have been channelled into an exhibition and publication of the same name.
In the framework of HIDDEN more than 100 photographs of 25 hidden places were taken, a selection of which were exhibited at the water reservoir IWB Filter 4 in 2018 and later on, in 2019, as a guest exhibition, together with the exhibition ‘everything is poetry’ of the world famous catalan artist Joan Miró at the museum Forum Würth Arlesheim. The exhibition aims to do justice to the aspiration to translate what was perceived in those places into images and so facilitate access to what is hidden and draw attention to the country, the places, the people and the corresponding stories.
HIDDEN is devoted to places that are distinguished not just by being hidden, but above all by their capacity to evoke fascination and curiosity in people or to leave an extraordinary impression when they are perceived. At the basis of the project is the idea of taking an unbiased look at unknown places in one’s own country and giving expression to them through the medium of photography. The fascination of the hidden should become tangible through the impact of the images alone.
Kostas Maros is a swiss photographer who currently lives in Basel and works in Switzerland and worldwide for international editorial-, corporate- and advertising clients.
He grew up bilingual, speaking german and french. After school he studied law at a swiss university and worked for several years as a lawyer. Realizing that law was not what he wanted to pursue he went travelling and started to work as an intern for a newspaper. Meanwhile his interest for photography grew and it became his main occupation.
Kostas Maros is represented by the photographers agency 13PHOTO for his commercial work and by the Gallery WERTHEIMER for his art work
HIDDEN – Verborgene Orte in der Schweiz (2018), Christoph Merian Verlag
Christoph Merian Stiftung art collection, Hoffmann-LaRoche art collection , Kellershals Carrard art collection, Permamed art collection and various private art collections.
‘Janguru’ shortlisted at Prix Photoforum Pasquart
winner of swiss photo award 2018 with ‘HIDDEN, verborgene Orte in der Schweiz’, section architecture
the book ‘HIDDEN, verborgene Orte in der Schweiz’ shortlisted at Deutscher Fotobuchpreis 2018/2019
3rd place of swiss photo award 2018 with ‘inklusion, wenn anderssein normal ist’ ‘HIDDEN, verborgene Orte in der Schweiz’ shortlisted at Prix Photoforum Pasquart ‘HIDDEN, verborgene Orte in der Schweiz’ shortlisted at Athens Photofestival
vfg young swiss sponsorship 2016 with the series ‘tesverlekh’
moscow international foto award, ‘Cabaret Bizarre’, 3rd winner people culture shortlisted for the Athens Photo Festival 2016, Athens Greece
swiss press photo award, 3rd place swiss documentaries with the series ‘Cabaret Bizarre’
swiss photo award 2014, shortlisted in the category ‘documentary’ with the series ‘tesverlekh’ kolga tbilisi award 2014 with the series ‘tesverlekh’
3rd place of prix de la photographie Paris, section fine art – people with the series ‘the journey’
3rd place of prix de la photographie Paris, people’s choice award, section press -people/personality
2 honorable mentions at international photography award, Los Angeles, section people with the series ‘the journey’
honorable mention at international photography award, Los Angeles, section people with the series ‘cabaret bizarre’