The Tezos Foundation recently said it has committed $1.23 million to a fund that will be used to collect non-fungible tokens (NFTs) created by African and Asian artists. Photographer Misan Harriman has been selected as the curator of the Foundation’s permanent art collection.
Supporting a new generation of artists
Swiss non-profit Tezos Foundation recently said it had committed around $1.23 million (£1 million) to a fund that will be used to collect non-fungible tokens (NFTs) from up-and-coming artists from Africa and Asia. The artist’s work will be curated by Misan Harriman, a renowned photographer and one of the pioneers of NFT production and collection.
According to The Art newspaper, Harriman, chairman of London art venue Southbank Centre, will also focus on acquiring works by regional artists that are underrepresented in the NFT community.
Commenting on his role as curator of the Tezos Foundation’s so-called permanent art collection, Harriman said:
As the first curator of the series, I want to make sure the world sees the different voices that are making truly extraordinary work[s] with art. The Tezos Foundation Permanent Collection will support and celebrate a new generation of artists who have chosen the path of supporting smart contracts to become their true selves.
Breaking down the barriers of the art world
While critics of NFTs have expressed concerns about the volatility of cryptocurrencies, proponents of the underlying blockchain technology insist that NFTs will break down longstanding barriers in the art world. According to the Tezos Foundation, itself a fork of the Tezos blockchain, although barriers remain, they cannot stop the growing use of NFTs.
Meanwhile, in a recently released statement, Tezos co-founder and early architect Arthur Breitman talked about how the series has raised the profile of Web3 artists. He added: “This project, in partnership with Misan Harriman’s talent and expertise, has allowed us to create a bespoke destination whose sole purpose is to elevate digital artists to Tezos to share their work with the world in a sustainable manner.”
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