Mila Askarova

Mila was born and raised in Azerbaijan before settling in London in 2002. She graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she studied International Relations BSc. Having worked in the Client Development department at Sotheby’s, Mila pursued her further studies at Central Saint Martins and Christie’s Education, gaining a theoretical insight into Collecting Contemporary Art, Independent Curating and Art Business.

In 2010, Mila founded Gazelli Art House in London as an additional space to its Baku gallery, which was founded in 2003. After hosting conceptually interlinked off-site exhibitions across London, the gallery’s permanent space on Dover Street was opened. Gazelli Art House grew to support a wide range of international artists and in 2017, the redesigned gallery space in Baku reopened with an ambitious annual program showcasing both local and international artists including to date El Anatsui, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Franz Ackermann and Richard Wilson.

Representing artists like Aziz+Cucher, Derek Boshier, Stanley Casselman, Francesco Jodice, Recycle Group and Saad Qureshi amongst others, the gallery has built a consistent and diverse program with artists working in sculpture, photography, painting, video, performance and virtual reality.

In 2015, the gallery launched its Digital Art House, an online residency for artists working in the digital and virtual reality realm. On an annual basis, curated shows titled Enter Through the Headset are held to feature select previous residents in the physical space of the gallery.

In 2012, the gallery launched the Window Project utilising the frontage of the gallery as an additional display platform. Since 2015, the initiative has been remodelled to solely accommodate art school graduates through open call competitions three times a year.

As part of the gallery’s on-going commitment to art education, the gallery publishes catalogues and artist books as well as hosts a program of Tuesday Talks to address topics raised through the exhibitions and encourage a deeper dialogue around them.