Iness Rychlik is a renowned self-portrait photographer. Since she suffers from a chronic skin condition, Iness often uses her own body as a canvas for artistic expression. The subtle elegance of Rychlik’s compositions contrasts with an underlying aura of brutality. Her conceptual photographs provoke the viewer’s imagination, rather than satisfy it. Featured by ‘Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’, ‘The British Journal of Photography’, ‘Cultura Inquieta’, ‘L’Officiel Italia’, BBC Scotland.
‘Although greatly influenced by historical drama, her work is deeply personal and symbolic in nature. Iness suffers from a hyper-sensitive skin condition. As a teenager, she would often attempt to cover it up and resented being asked if she had accidentally burnt herself. Throughout the years, she has learnt to see her skin as a live canvas, rather than an ugly inconvenience that should be kept hidden. Iness uses her very own body to explore the difficult themes of solitude, pain, violence and objectification. She honors the concept of transforming hidden pain into art – exposed, disturbing and beautiful.’
Iness Rychlik’s photographs have been published in notable magazines and online sources including Hunger TV, K MAG, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Fabrik Hero, Glasgow University Magazine, Collater.al, Bluebee Magazine, FotoNostrum Magazine, Wirtualna Polska, Artysta i Sztuka, Szeroke Kadr, L’Officiel Italia, Cultura Inquieta.
2021 Intymność, Festiwal Otwarte Mieszkania, Krakow, Poland
Selected Group Exhibitions
Send nxxxs, Galerie Benjamin Eck, Munich, Germany
Permanent Impermanence, SuperRare Gallery, New York, NY. United States
The Unseen by Rankin Creative, Quantus Gallery, London, United Kingdom
Scenes of Despair, FotoNostrum Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
Decentral Art Pavilion, Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, Venice, Italy
Nick Knight’s SHOWstudio, London, United Kingdom (Online)
Portraits without Borders, Fotogalerie Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany