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Nigerian pulls off digital art heist to reclaim loot in Europe’s ...

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Nigerian pulls off digital art heist to reclaim loot in Europe’s museums

The project sells 3-D renditions of stolen artworks in the form of NFTs

Angela Ukomadu and Estelle Shirbon

A Nigerian man has launched a project called “Looty” to reclaim African artefacts stolen by European colonisers by creating 3D images of them, selling them as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and using the proceeds to fund young African artists.

Calls for objects stolen during the colonial period to be returned to their places of origin have intensified in recent years, and Western institutions have sent items back to countries including Nigeria and Benin.

Chidi Nwaubani, the founder of Looty, described his project as an alternative form of repatriation, by which digital technologies are used to reclaim a measure of control and ownership over artefacts still held far from Africa...

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