Who We Are
Myrtia Nikolakopoulou is a curator, cultural advisor and project manager emphasizing in the field of contemporary art. She holds a BA in French Language and Civilisation from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and an MA in Art Criticism from City, University of London. She has been active in the field of culture since 1999 working on the production of major cultural events and collaborating with major institutions in Greece and abroad.
In 2005 she founded and ran Qbox, a contemporary art gallery that operated until 2017. Qbox was located in the Central Food Market of Athens in a specially designed space by architect Christos Papoulias. Qbox was a curatorial dealership whose aim was to promote young and emerging artists on international level. The gallery focused on conceptual artists, namely Paolo Colombo (IT), Vivi Demis (GR), Heide Fasnacht (US), Ali Kazma (TR), Megan and Murray McMillan (US), Eleni Panouklia (GR), Michail Pirgelis (DE/GR) and Stephanie Stein (DE).
From the summer of 2007 to 2012, the gallery operated Qbox Residency, the first artist residency in Greece. It was tailored to artists and to art critics and curators from abroad and it was held on the island of Kea. The residency offered room and board, a studio and a solo exhibition at Qbox in Athens at the culmination of the residency.
Qbox and its artists collaborated with independent curators as well as with Museums and Institutions, among them:
NEON Foundation, Athens; Aeschylea Festival, Eleusis, Greece; Polyeco – Contemporary Art Initiative, Athens; Benaki Museum, Athens; 55th Biennale di Venezia; DESTE Foundation, Athens; 10th and 12th Istanbul Biennial; Istanbul Modern; Ikono TV, Berlin; Lenbachhaus, Munich; MASS MoCA, Massachusetts; Izolyatsia. Platform for Cultural Initiaves, Kiev; ReMap 3 and 4, Athens; Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; 2nd and 3rd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art; British School at Athens; Apex Art, New York; State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece; ARTER, Istanbul; Kunstmuseum Brandts, Odense, Denmark.
Qbox's shows and artists have been covered by the international press, such as Artforum, Frieze, Artnet, Flash Art, Ibraaz, Wooloo.org, Vulture.com to name a few.