Gaia Gallery opens in its new space in Dolapdere with Arda Yalkın’s new solo, “Everything is Awesome”. Hosting hundreds of people on the grand opening night of the space, which is situated on the main road of Dolapdere, the founder Nil Nuhoğlu and her team were proud as well as very tired.fullsizerender

Gaia Gallery is now a 4 floor huge building with high ceilings and gigantic walls as well as a fabulous terrace, a café and a shop all in one. With the opening of Dirimart Gallery on the near left side, the ongoing construction of Koç Museum right across and Murat Pilevneli’s Gallery which will be soon opening on the right hand side of Gaia, brings the question to mind, is Dolapdere the new Karaköy? Will more galleries end up moving to Dolapdere, functional, easy access and apparently reasonable with rents (compared to other neighborhoods). Let’s ask the hard working, 28 years old, founder of the gallery, Nil Nuhoğlu:

I personally know that it took a lot of your effort during the construction period of your new space. Since when are you dealing with the whole process?

I have been working on this space since May 2016.

Art by Arda Yalkin during his "Everything is Awesome" art show
Art by Arda Yalkin during his “Everything is Awesome” art show

From a one floor apartment flat you moved on to a gigantic building. How did u construct the whole shift in means of the artistic approach?

We were a gallery situated in an apartment before. Now we moved into a big space so we constructed the exhibition in a less commercial and a more institutional concept.

“Look Mommy, I’m a grown up” no:1, archival pigment print on hahnemühle paper, 100×150 cm, 2016

Galleries today have difficulty in renting a normal flat as an exhibition space. You rented and renovated a whole building. Do you have a sponsor? Basically where does the money come from? 🙂

No, I do not have any sponsor. It is all me and my family.

Next shows?

12th of January we are hosting Ardan Özmenoğlu’s exhibition. Followed by another exhibition by a foreign curator. We have all our exhibition schedule planned until the 2020.

You are right across the Koç Museum which I assume will be opening soon too. Are you planning to shift your work days?

Yes from now on, we are open on Saturday and Sundays. But closed on Monday and Tuesdays.