Alisa was born in 1976 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Growing up as the child of actors she was fascinated by the dreamworlds of stage settings and designs from an early age. In 1990 her family left the dissolving Soviet Union and moved to Berlin, Germany.
In 1996 Alisa took up studies in Art History and Philosophy at Humboldt Universität Berlin and at Università di Bologna.
She began photographing in 2008, using trips around Europe to gain experience behind the camera, eventually returning to Russia and Ukraina to photograph street scenes in St. Petersburg and Odessa. In June 2009 she attended a Photographic Workshop in Tuscany (TPW) tutored by Antoine d’Agata. In 2010 she is among the photographers selected by Giorgia Fiorio for the Reflexions Masterclass.
Her works were exhibited in Rome, Milan and Madrid, selected among the Photoespaña 2009 Descubrimientos and among the new talented photographers at the Musée Suisse de l’appareil Photographique in Vevey and awarded by Winephoto Contest in 2008 and 2009.
In 2011 her long-term project “Hoarse” is at Les Rencontres d’Arles, La Nuit de l’Année.
In 2013 Alisa has been awarded with the European Publishers Award for Photography.
She is currentlly living in Berlin.
Portrait: Courtesy of Davide Toffolo