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Photography (MA)

Lina A.

Lina A. is a multimedia artist, born in Russia in 2000, currently based in London, UK. Lina's practice explores the notion of cultural politics of emotions through fragmentation of identities and interchanging points of view. Based around language, landscape, and archives, her imagery reveals bleak Eastern European sites and deals with the contrast of both homely and unwelcoming places and narratives.

Upcoming Exhibitions:

  • 9th June - 3rd September

Gallery V - Summer Exhibition, Cambridge.

  • 21st - 28th July

Manifold Space - Home Away from Home, London.

Degree Details

School of Arts & HumanitiesPhotography (MA)RCA2023 at Truman Brewery

Truman Brewery, F Block, Ground, first and second floors

black and white darkroom print of a crowd with faces blurred due to AI-generation

My interdisciplinary practice consisting of analogue photography, archival footage and AI-generated imagery interrogates historical reliability. By series of alterations between the mediums I create fictional narratives and personas to evoke a sense of mistrust and doubt.

My methodology relies on repetitive transformations within the materials. I start with film photographs either my own or from a family archive, I feed them to an AI generator to render memories into recognizable yet unfamiliar spaces. The resulting AI imagery is then transferred to film again, developed and printed on a darkroom enlarger. The mistakes of the Artificial Intelligence software and errors during digital and physical alterations of images create distance from the real and, therefore, provide a field for a fictional narrative. I present my work as an imitation of a personal archive. I create an imaginary persona to whom this supposed archive belongs. Through this voice I am able to play with the concept of nostalgia and address the inconsistency of time and memory. A fabricated archive allows me to draw attention to the political issues of fact manipulation and historical revisions performed by governments.

My work does not only ask to question the knowledge systems in place but also invites an alternate space of comforting falsehood through the immersive installation created by the forged collection of personal belongings and photographs. 

side of an old storage box
torn out page from a horoscope book, book with Orthodox icons
testprint of the film with 36 images
print in a plastc envelope
envelope, next to it square image of the Seven Sisters in Moscow in a plastic bag
back of a storage box


Photography, Moving Image


Moving Image
seven olympic rings
black and white kitchen table


Darkroom Prints, AI