Iness Rychlik is a published photographer & filmmaker with a particular interest in period drama and gender issues. She graduated with First Class Honours in Film from Screen Academy Scotland. Set in the 1860s, her final-year costume film ‘The Dark Box’ follows an unhappily married woman, who pursues photography to escape from her oppressive relationship. ‘The Dark Box’ premiered Camerimage ’16 and received an award in Paris.
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‘A woman’s highest duty is so often to suffer, and be still.’
Sarah Stickney Ellis, The Daughters of England: Their Position in Society, Character and Responsibilities (1842)
To me, being a woman means being a subject of harassment or unwanted attention on a regular basis. In my self-portraits, I use genuine antique garments to depict the parallels between my experiences and the inferior female position in the nineteenth-century Britain. Despite living in a modern society where education and professional development are widely accessible, I sometimes feel reduced to the role of a mere exhibit; a still doll. My work illustrates the painful frustration of being forced into a submissive and ornamental role.
www.inessrychlik.com | www.instagram.com/inessrychlik
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