Illya Szilak is a writer, director, independent scholar and transmedia artist. www.illyaszilak.com Shaped by her experience as a physician, her artistic practice explores mortality, embodiment, identity, and belief in an increasingly virtual world. Her long- time artistic partner is interactive designer Cyril Tsiboulski (Cloudred). She is the writer and director of two critically acclaimed virtual reality experiences Queerskins: a love story (2018), which garnered a Peabody Futures of Media Award and Queerskins: ARK (2020), co-produced by Intel Studios, which premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival and The Venice International film Festival, respectively. More recently, she has been creating virtual interactive installations in VRChat Queerskins: Home (2020) and IN MY OWN SKIN, which premiered at CPH: DOX in 2021 She is the recipient of grants from The Sundance Institute, The Tribeca Film Institute, and the Peter S. Reed Foundation.
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