The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is hosting an exhibition of non-fungible tokens (NFT) to celebrate the UAE’s 50th anniversary. This event is being held in collaboration with MORROW collective, an NFT curatorial initiative.
The physical exhibition will bridge the gap between the traditional world and the digital NFT world. The art pieces would be presented on digital screens at the exhibition titled 50/50.
The exhibition will feature 50 NFTs created by UAE-based artists, including Emirati artists Khalid Al Banna, Dalal Ahmed, Marwan Shakarchi, Gigi Gorlova, and Alia AlGaoud. The event will be held on January 15 at Al Safa Art & Design Library.
This is the first exhibition of its kind to feature UAE-based artists exclusively, according to the Dubai Media Office.
The NFTs to be presented vary from 3D pieces, animation, collages to photography, digital drawing, and traditional painting.
The artwork from 50/50 is also on sale on NFT marketplace OpenSea, with their prices varying from 0.2 ETH to 6 ETH. As of writing, the cost of one ETH is about $3,350.
“Innovation and creativity go hand in hand towards supporting the emirate’s creative industry. NFTs are a commodity in the art world that are the result of a rapidly digitalising future,” said Dr. Saeed Mubarak bin Kharbash, CEO of the Arts and Literature Sector at Dubai Culture.
Dubai Culture is a government authority that works to preserve the cultural heritage and support the cultural scene of the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates.
Through this collaboration with MORROW collective, Dubai Culture is embracing the use of innovative new solutions within the arts and culture space. This allows them to support and retain local and UAE-based talent and attract creative individuals from all over the world, as well as “make culture and art accessible to everyone, everywhere,” said Mubarak bin Kharbash.
“NFTs are a digital medium that is not restricted by boundaries – whether physical or geographical – and, therefore, in their own way, are a celebration of everyone,” said Anna Seaman, a curator at Morrow.