[cropped image] ©2015 Vera Ryklova, visual research for a project execution.
Vera Ryklova is a visual artist, working in lens-based media.
Currently undertaking 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 is one of 5 selected Irish Talents representing PhotoIreand at FUTURES Photography in 2020. She is the winner of the 2017 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 her first solo exhibition in 2018 at Triskel Arts Centre in Cork, and has two upcoming solo exhibition in 2021 (Belfast, Westport). Her work has been also featured in a number of group exhibitions held in Ireland as well as in the UK based FiLiA Feminist Conference (London, Manchester).
Her work was reviewed in the photographic magazine Source (Graduate Photography 2015), featured in the journal for photography and visual culture OVER (FUTURES 2020), and is included in the Art Collection of Trinity College Dublin.
In her practice Ryklova performs to the camera and produces series of photographic and video self-portraits. She employs her own body and her own – subjective – experience to intimate a woman’s reality to the public eye. Concerning socially formed traits she draws attention to the emotional conflict impelled by role expectations and embedded social practices while exploring 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 exhibition in Dublin, in 2015 at Steam Box Galleries and in 2017 at The Complex.
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.