Ryley is currently a Senior Lecturer in Photography and Video. She studied Photography at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art. Ryley has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at Impressions Gallery Bradford and The Palacio des Artes, Porto.
In 2006 Ryley received a Research Development Fellowship to undertake 'The Last Picture Show' a project looking at the changing nature of family photography in the digital age at The Photography and the Archive Research Centre' (PARC) at LCC. Ryley has several publications which include Villa Mona - A Proper Kind of House Ryley's an artists monograph published by Trace Editions and Field Study 7 Residence Astral published by PARC. Ryley is now further collaborating with PARC on her current project 'Growing Up in the New Age' and Field study 14 is due to be published soon.
My work explores ideas of memory, history, familial relationships and archival narratives. My practice uses photography, super 8, digital video, text, objects and found photographs to explore a range of themes and issues that look at linking my own personal experiences to broader social and political narratives. My work moves between the personal album and the social document. My interests are in 1960s and 1970s counterculture, technology and the counterculture, free school education, photography in the era of web 2.0, digital technologies/family photography and the shifting nature of these archives in the digital age, experimental film and video art, re-cycled film, art and text.
`Growing up in the New Age' www.growingupinthenewage.org This is an artist initiated research project that explores this alternative world, from communes in the south of France, squatting in South London and `free school' education to the many forays into all things `New Age' set against the backdrop of social and political happenings of the era. Using a range of approaches including photography/digital imaging, film and video, writing, collecting, re-using archival materials and the web `Growing up in the New Age' sets out to reconsider the social utopias of the 1960s and early 70s and what we might learn from them today.