Iryna Baklan (b. 1995) is a Dublin based photographer from Switzerland. With an interest in sociology, Iryna explores her shared environment employing photography as a tool to document and reflect on her findings. Intrigued by the juncture of man and artifice, she looks at how space is formed and organised, gradually assembling shapes and patterns that form the patchwork of our cultural landscape.
Awards and honours
- 2019 Inspirational Arts Photography Award – Finalist, Dublin, Ireland
- 2019 Inspirational Arts Award, The Library Project, Dublin, Ireland
- 2018 Griffith College Media Show, Dublin, Ireland
- 2018 Photoworks, Steambox, Dublin, Ireland
Rooted in the unspectacular but day-to-day creating of space, Common-or-Garden is a photographic exploration of Dublin’s suburbia through its front gardens. The body of work invites the viewer to consider and examine the way we shape our immediate environment. Some decorate the front lawn to their personal liking, yet at the same time facing it outwards to be looked at. Others decide to insulate themselves from the public view, dwelling behind groomed hedges. The garden becomes an extension of residents’ identity, serving as a first impression for the passer-by.
Facing the world beyond the gate, garden ornaments are cherished sculptures who bear witness to the everyday. The domesticated landscapes with their infrastructures, functional elements, and individual peculiarities are reflective of our society.
- Mother Monster
Mother Monster examines the consumption of contemporary moving image and pop culture. 480-720 frames are recorded as one, allowing the viewer to see what the human eye naturally cannot. Condensed snippets of stories lose their original meaning and build a new world, that of Mother Monster.
- Food Portraits
Food Portraits examines the abstraction and aesthetics of food in modern society. With ‘food porn’ being coined in the 1980’s, the purpose of food has gone beyond satisfying hunger. To draw the viewer to this phenomenon, I used the human body as a plain canvas on which food becomes the central character.