African art in digital form
A Nigerian project called Looty is seeking to take back African art in digital form.
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Members go into museums, take LiDAR scans using their phones, and recreate these African artworks as non-fungible tokens (NFTs).
The first piece is one of the Benin Bronzes from the British Museum.
Different artistic reimaginations of this ancient artwork are now being sold as NFTs, with parts of the proceeds going to emerging Nigerian artists. Gareth speaks to Looty’s founder Chidi about the idea, and blockchain expert Anne Kaluvu comments on the project.
The story behind Looty
Chidi stated that he was inspired to design Looty after hearing about non-fungible tokens (NFTs). At the same time, there was a lot of debate about European conquerors stealing African Art. Combining the two directions, Chidi came to the creation of the platform.
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