[cropped image] ©2015 Vera Ryklova, visual research for a project execution.
Vera Ryklova is a visual artist who works in lens-based media and who has been developing her practice over the past six years.
In 2020 Ryklova was one of five Irish Talents that represented PhotoIreand at FUTURES, a Europe-based platform for photography. In 2017 she won the Hotron Art Works Prize for work by a recent graduate and in 2016 she was shortlisted for the Hennessy Portrait Prize, which exhibited at the National Gallery of Ireland.
She presented three solo exhibitions as well as exhibited in several group shows held in Ireland and the UK, including the FiLiA Feminist Conference. Her work has been featured in photography journals and publications and is included in the arts collections of Trinity College Dublin and The Arts Council.
Her activities are also engaged in curatorial practice. As a curator she presented two group exhibitions in Dublin.
In her practice Ryklova explores the concept of the self and the events that impact its social construction. She performs to the lens and produces photographic and video self-portraits, using the form of the series. Self-portraiture is not necessarily a genre she has focused on; it rather is the method she currently employs to explore her subject. She uses the camera as a distancing device that may allow her to experience a state of catharsis. The link between the artistic execution and the liberating emotional discharge is also what interests her.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Ryklova moved to Ireland in 2007. Brought to the island by a pure desire for a life change, this has been a journey of personal discovery which led to pursuing her artistic career. In this very sense she is proud to consider herself an Irish artist.
Based in Dublin, Ryklova has also been resident in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. She recently completed her MA in Art and Research Collaboration at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire. In 2015 she graduated from the same Institute with a BA (Hons) in Photography. She has also a background in education.
For details refer to artist CV page.