The Tezos Foundation launches fund to champion African and Asian NFT artists
The Swiss non-profit organization’s energy-efficient arm - The Tezos Foundation, announced that it has dedicated around a US$ 1.23 million fund to its new project 'The Permanent Art Collection'. The fund will be used to collect NFTs of emerging African and Asian artists.
Chair of London’s network of art venues - Southbank Center, renowned photographer and NFT creator Misan Harriman has been chosen to assume the role of the curator of the foundation’s permanent art collection. According to a report by The Art Newspaper, Harriman will focus on collecting art by ‘up-and-coming’ African and Asian artists, especially among ‘underrepresented’ regions in the NFT community. Harriman was the first Black photographer to photograph the front cover of British Vogue.
‘The Tezos Foundation Permanent Collection will support and celebrate a new generation of artists that have chosen a smart contract-enabled path to be their true selves. As the first curator of this collection I want to make sure the world sees the diverse voices that are making truly extraordinary work with crypto art. We will be the custodian for this new community of creatives.’ said Harriman to The Art Newspaper.
About The Tezos Foundation
Tezos runs on a proof-of-stake model to allow low fees for artists to mint and sell their NFTs. Their latest project - The Permanent Art Collection celebrates artists pushing the boundaries of the NFT space and raises awareness of Blockchain technology in the art industry.
Apart from this exciting new initiative to support underrepresented artists, Tezos shook the digital art world at Art Basel Miami Beach 2021 via their immersive installation designed by German artist Mario Klingemann. Visitors minted their own NFTs of their profile to take home. Moving foward, Tezos plans on participating in Art Basel Hong Kong, Switzerland and Basel as an official Blockchain partner.
Photo: Art Basel