katya ilina

All inquiries: katyailinaphoto@gmail.com


Katya Ilina is a photographer working at the intersection of portrait, fashion and documentary genres. Her works explore themes of identity expression, gender, and the human condition in the context of social and cultural change.

Ilina was born and raised in Russia; a society composed of many cultural influences from both East and West. She has since spent several years in the UK, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, the US, and Canada. Her experiences with different cultures from close and far proximities give Ilina a unique perspective in her work. She seeks to challenge socially constructed barriers creating divisions between people.

Ilina has exhibited in the UK, Canada, and South Korea, including Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2021 where she received the 3rd prize. Her most recent project, "Rosemary & Thyme", examines body positivity in masculinity and celebrates the beauty of fluidity in physical form.

Selected Exhibitions

International Photography Exhibition 163, The Royal Photographic Society, Bristol, UK, group show, 2022

Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize (The National Portrait Gallery), Cromwell Place, London, UK, group show, 3rd prize, 2021

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

International Photography Exhibition, The Glasgow Gallery of Photography, Glasgow, UK, group show, 2020

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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