Pieces of Me is an online exhibition of personal offerings from 50+ artists known for their explorations of identity, being, and phenomenology in digitally-mediated realities. Presented by TRANSFER and left.gallery, this exhibition reflects on NFTs through a curatorial and technological framework that emphasizes the ethics of care, redistribution of wealth, and artist’s agency and rights.
50 artworks are installed in 8 thematic rooms containing a sentiment or idea that threads throughout the artworks: identity, resistance, desire, liminality, premonition, mysticism, beauty, hope.
All of the artworks in Pieces of Me are 1/1 offerings from the artists, carefully selected for this exhibition. We put art before NFTs – collectors have the choice of acquiring these artworks on-chain, or off.
Comissions from sales are pooled and redistributed to the entire group of exhibiting artists and knowledge workers who participated. The exhibition is backed by TRANSFER and left.gallery.
Why it matters: NFTs attach a certificate of authenticity (or ERC-721 smart contract) to a singular shallow asset, flattening digital art. Many artworks in this exhibition are hybrid digital/physical objects. Better standards are needed that tend to the depth and longevity of artworks.
Why it matters: The simple act of upload is a declaration of intent in a new space, and a prototype of how a group of artists might authorize not just their work, but also their identity in this newly forming system.
Why it matters: Our artists hold an asset for their work, and retain equity in their in artwork's value in a tangible way.
Why it matters: Archival package provides context and supports value – documenting the artist’s intent and carefully considered statements about how the work should be shown, cared for, and exchanged in the future.
Why it matters: There is a long history of artists fighting for resale rights, and in this marketplace the mechanics exist to enact new values around an artist’s equity in their artwork beyond primary market sales.