Alia Wilhelm is a Turkish/German multimedia artist based in London, represented by Adolescent Content. She was a longtime contributor at Rookie Mag, Tavi Gevinson's beloved magazine for teenage girls. She now creates collages, illustrations and takes photos for a variety of brands and publications, including ELLE, i-D, VICE, Lazy Oaf, Drift Mag, Girls Are Awesome and others.
She also works as a director's assistant in the film industry and in advertising. Most recently she was the assistant to Autumn de Wilde on the Focus Features adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma", starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Johnny Flynn. Before that, Alia worked as a director's assistant on "Viva la Vulva," Kim Gehrig's award-winning video ad for the feminine hygiene brand Bodyform. She was also lucky enough to contribute some funky vulva illustrations to the ad.
In her spare time, Alia also works as a curator, frequently collaborating with other multimedia artists. Most recently she curated the Girls Unite 2020 Calendar, which featured her work alongside eleven other talented artists' and sold 400 copies. She is also the Co-Founder of NEARNESS, an online magazine launched with fellow illustrator Anna White. The site documents the various responses to changes brought on by COVID-19 by encouraging self-reflection, open conversations about mental health and a rare and real opportunity to slow down and process what is happening to us during this pandemic.