“This is how I see Warsaw. Colourful, provocative and full of talent waiting to be discovered” – says the owner of the Wawa Bla Bla shop and the photographer behind the project. Gilly Boelman likes to call herself an immigrant rather than the strangely sounding expat. She has lived in Warsaw for almost 10 years now and her understanding of the Warsaw street art exceeds the level I understand (or even see) street art at by far. Gilly Boelman takes photos of small symptoms of street art. “Not murals” – she stresses clearly. – “Murals get plenty of attention.”
Gilly Boelman and her husband Guido are on an art mission in Warsaw. The shop started with Gilly’s photos, plans are to invite artists to be hosted in the gallery. Check out the colourful wall mural by Proembrion and original urban art by the likes of NeSpoon, Majgat, Maniac, SC Szyman and Proembrion – reasonable prices start from around a bit more than 100 PLN. To me all the names were new, yet Gilly was kind enough to take me by the hand and open the world of Warsaw’s colourful elements to me.
The shop was opened in 2015. From the outside it looks as if it was in Amsterdam, from the inside you see its huge, almost English bay window. It will be a perfect location for an English-Dutch shop in Warsaw. Check the fb page for updates on their exhibitions.