ART X Lagos opens NFT gallery to promote African artists

By Raffaele Redi

Auction platform SuperRare teams up with African art exhibition

Standard Blues NFT by MoonSunDiamond                                 
Standard Blues NFT by MoonSunDiamond – one of the exhibitors at ART X Lagos. Photo:

ART X Lagos, the annual international art fair in Nigeria, has launched an NFT gallery with auction platform SuperRare to empower African artists.

The online exhibition from 4 to 21 November 2021 presents artists from countries such as Nigeria, Morocco, South Africa, Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal, while physical artwork can be seen from 4 to 7 November in Lagos.

The exhibition features artworks from artists including Youssef El Idrissi, Osinachi, Linda Dounia Rebeiz, Pr$dent Honey and MoonSunDiamond.

“With the unprecedented rise of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), the digital art market is entering a brand new era,” say the curators.

“While art videos, GIFs, jpg. or mp4. files were almost impossible to monetise a few years ago, blockchain is now providing digital artists with an opportunity to sell their work.

“The paradigm shift opens up the possibility of a more decentralised and more collaborative economy, where creators can lead the way towards a more inclusive and more diverse society.”

First art NFT gallery for African artists

ART X Lagos says it is determined to support the NFT revolution as a way of empowering African artists.

“For this year’s physical and online art fair, ART X Lagos presents a carefully curated mix of exceptionally diverse and inspiring digital artists from across the African continent and the diaspora,” the curators add.

“As West Africa’s first international art fair, ART X Lagos recognises the importance of contributing to the development of our rich, burgeoning African digital art scene.

“With this project, we hope to provide a glimpse into the future of art-making and collection on the continent, whilst highlighting the enormous potential of NFTs in the development of Africa’s creative ecosystems.”

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