[cropped image] ©2015 Vera Ryklova, visual research for a project execution.
Vera Ryklova is a visual artist who works in lens-based media.
Recently completed MA in Art and Research Collaboration (2021) at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire, she graduated from the same Institute in 2015, with a BA (Hons) in Photography.
Ryklova was one of five selected Irish Talents representing PhotoIreland in 2020 at FUTURES, a Europe-based platform for photography. She won the Hotron Art Works Prize for work by a recent graduate in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize in 2016, which exhibited at the National Gallery of Ireland.
She presented two solo exhibitions, in 2021 at the Irish language, arts and cultural centre Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich in Belfast and in 2018 at Triskel Arts Centre in Cork. She has also exhibited in several group exhibitions held in Ireland as well as at the UK based FiLiA Feminist Conference (London, Manchester).
Her work has been featured in photography journals and publications and is included in the Art Collection of Trinity College Dublin.
In her practice Ryklova performs to the lens and produces photographic and video self-portraits using the form of the series. She employs her own body and experience to expose women’s reality to the public eye. She observes the emotional conflict impelled by role expectations and embedded social practices to explore both, the social construction of the self and the self-concept.
The creative approach she has developed gives the camera the function of a distancing device that she utilizes for her to experience a state of catharsis.
Her activities are also engaged in curatorial practice. As a curator she presented two group exhibitions in Dublin, in 2017 at The Complex and in 2015 at Steam Box Galleries.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Ryklova was brought to Ireland on a journey of personal discovery and since 2007 she has been living and working there. Based in Dublin, she has also been resident in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny.