katya ilina


General: katyailinaphoto@gmail.com

Commissions: rich@thursdayschild.global



Katya Ilina is a London-based artist working at the intersection of portrait, fashion and observational photography genres. Her works explore themes of identity expression, gender, and the human condition in the context of social and cultural change.

Ilina's creative practice is informed by her multicultural perspective. Born in Russia and spent over a decade moving between the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the US, and Canada, she is inspired by the convergences and divergences of cultures. She seeks to challenge socially constructed barriers creating divisions between people by highlighting everyday human experiences.

Ilina has exhibited in the UK, France, Canada, and South Korea, including Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021, where she received the third prize. She studied Photography at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) and the University of Westminster.

Featured in: BBC, The Guardian, Creative Review, British Journal of Photography, The Royal Photographic Society Journal, PhMuseum, Terra Firma, among others

Selected commissions: Dazed, WeTransfer


Selected Exhibitions

OpenWalls Arles (British Journal of Photography), Galerie Huit Arles, Arles, France, group show, 2023

International Photography Exhibition 163, The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol/Gloucester, UK, group show, 2022-2023

Rosemary & Thyme, Curated by Maria Kanellopoulos, Kunstmatrix, virtual, solo show, 2022

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (The National Portrait Gallery), Cromwell Place, London, UK, group show, third prize, 2021

ROUGHER Film and Digital Media Festival, Dundas Square, Toronto, Canada, group show, 2021

International Photography Exhibition 162, The Royal Photographic Society, London/ Bristol/Birmingham, UK, group show, 2020-2021

Full, Seoul Creators Series, Vofol Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, group show, 2019

Empty, Seoul Creators Series, Vofol Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea, group show, 2018


Custom prints and a full CV are available upon request. 

Available for work worldwide.

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