Nigeria’s Looty Looking to Revive African Art Digitally
A young Nigerian man is currently trying to make it possible for Africans to gain entrance to museums throughout the Western world, collect all of the artwork taken from their lands during the colonial era, and bring it back home. He wants to digitally repatriate objects of art instead of just practically bursting inside museums and carrying things out.
Looty’s founder, Chidi, a 34-year-old creative designer who never revealed his last name, explained that the company first locates African art in museums throughout the world, then scans and converts the art into 3D formats using specific software and technology. While this procedure appears simple, Chidi contended that it is not.
“This is the first digital repatriation of stolen artwork. I had this idea that: Why don’t we take back the physical works of art into the digital world? We were talking about provenance and ownership of the pieces. What if I was able to take them back and turn them into NFTs?”Chidi
After debates about non-fungible tokens (NFTs) grew popular, Chidi came up with the idea for Looty. At the same period, rumors of European colonizers plundering African art abounded. As a response, he resolved to move on both issues, resulting in the birth of the platform.
The procedure of restoring the artworks begins with Looty investigating prospective items and then art exhibits to scan photos utilizing special smartphone applications.
Following that, the photographs are downloaded onto laptops, where the difficult process of transforming images to 3D starts, utilizing sophisticated software and technologies. Chidi believes it’s almost as if we’re re-sculpting the artwork. A single item can take a week or more to complete.
On May 13, the Looty website will be launched. The project did, however, begin operations in November of last year. Chidi collaborates with two Nigerians as well as one Somali to find prospective art pieces and digitize them. Each member of the team has a specialty in 3D modeling, NFT tech, or retouching.
Chidi hopes that through advocacy, European museums would finally get back all stolen pictures to Africa. He does, however, dream of creating a metaverse out of all the parts Looty usurps.
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