• Vera Ryklova

Of the Body at Custom House Studios + Gallery, Westport: 26th August to 19th September 2021


photography: Vera Ryklova ©2021



Of the Body was a solo exhibition in which I introduced my two new projects that are still a work-in-progress. The Optimal Distance and the only real thing to do series. Although these projects evolved independently, they complement one another. Optimal Distance expands on the concept of my previous work, and the idea for the only real thing to do was inspired by the experience of making Optimal Distance. For this exhibition I decided to experiment with the material I have produced so far and I represented it in a way that would refer to a wider sense of a state of incompletion, process, search for resolution.


By its nature, Of the Body can be considered a temporary piece of work and its preparation was quite an organic process - to the very last minute of its installation. This may not have been apparent to the eye of the viewer, but it was definitely a thrill for me. I wanted to demonstrate the trajectory of my practice after presenting my Aesthetic Distance in two independent solo exhibitions as well as to manifest the transition in my media - from primarily photographic into lens based. In this sense the show bares a great significance in the development of my practice and I hope that it has excited those, who came to see it, to follow the progress of my new body of work.


The exhibition consisted of four photographic prints and one two-part video piece.

To watch an excerpt from the video piece click here.

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