photo ©2016 Kelsey Lennon
Vera Ryklova is an emerging artist, working in lens-based media.
She graduated in 2015 from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire, with a BA (Hons) in Photography.
In her art practice, she explores the relationship between performance and the sociology of the self through the medium of lens and her own body that takes the form of performed photographic and video self-portraits. Being the subject of her work, she is interested in the linking factors between the photographic act and the emotional discharge as well as in the concept of social and cultural belonging. The creative manner that she has developed and adapted gives her medium the function of a distancing device that she utilises to experience a state of catharsis.
Most recently Ryklova presented her work in her first solo exhibition at Triskel Arts Centre in Cork. Her work has been also featured in group exhibitions at the Royal Hibernian Academy Gallery in Dublin, the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art in Carlow, the Ulster Museum in Belfast, and at FiLiA feminist conference in London (2017) and in Manchester (2018). She was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016, which exhibited at the National Gallery of Ireland, and she is the winner of the Hotron Art Works Prize for work by a recent graduate (2017). Her work was also reviewed in the photographic magazine Source among selected works from Ireland and UK under Source Graduate Photography 2015, and is included in the Art Collection of Trinity College Dublin.
Her activities are also engaged in curatorial practice. After her own graduation she began exploring the idea of collaboration with recently graduated students from art collages aiming to introduce their practices to contemporary art scene and she organised and curated two group exhibitions in Dublin, in 2015 and 2017.
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.