At screensguru.io, an NFT marketplace for the fine arts, we task ourselves to bring authenticated art to art connoisseur via NFT. We are pleased to announce our first drops of fine art project via NFT: a charity NFT sales for Sa Sa Art Projects (Documenta 2022 participant) of Cambodia. We target to raise US$10,000.0 to finance the operation of Pisaot Experimental Arts Residency for 2022–23. The cost to support each of the residency is US$850.0 (including US$600 for accommodation and US$250 for material).
With this charity fundraising, we aim to widen the horizon of NFT, beyond its original intention as an identification system for digital artworks, to explore the possibilities of NFT as a means to help artists realise their visions, provide peace of mind for the collectors, and other innovations for leading art and cultural organisations around the world including fundraising and archival services.
Before making the drops available on our own NFT marketplace at screensguru.io, we will be premiering these drops exclusively with a physical showcase of NFTs in collaboration with Q9 Crypto Hub operated by Q9 Capital, a full-service crypto investment platform for individuals and institutions.
Created by multi-disciplinary Cambodian artist Vuth Lyno in collaboration with fellow artists Alina Nazmeeva, Kong Siden, & Prak Dalin, the exhibition ‘Sala Samnak — NFT charity sales for Sa Sa Art Projects’ is inspired by its namesake. Meaning ‘House of Fire’, the sala samnak is a Cambodian communal rest hall whose origin pre-dates the Angkor period.
Beginning as early as the 12th century under Khmer reign, construction of sala samnaks became popular along highways that connected Cambodia to present-day Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam. Built by the community, as a decentralizing effort, the modest structure that also exists in villages, visitors use the sala samnak as a place of rest and gathering for ritual ceremonies and communal events.
In this drop, we will be presenting Sala Samnak in 3 set of NFTs, each set includes an AR IG filter and a single channel video based on the artworks: Sala Samnak 1 (animated), 2022 , Sala Samnak Prek Dambauk, 2022 Sala Samnak Tomorrow (animated), 2022. In these artworks, the shiny building structures emanate fluorescent light and appear to be floating in mid-air. The semi-immateriality, apparent fragility, and architectural simplicity of the houses hint at their precarious existence and even irrelevance in today’s modern society. As Instagram filters, the glowing neon lights from the Sala Samnak render a digital quality that reflects our technologically-driven world. Prolonging the viewer’s gaze, these works are engaging, relatable and resonant.
The sales of NFTs from this exhibition benefit the Sa Sa Art Projects and its signature Pisaot Artist Residency. It’s a Cambodian artist-run space dedicated to experimental and critical contemporary art practices. Founded in 2010, the charitable project addresses Cambodia’s lack of infrastructure for contemporary art education and engagement.
Exhibition period: 24th January — 4th February, 2022
Opening hours: 11am-7pm (Mon-Fri)
Venue: Q9, G/F lobby 9, Queen’s Road Central, Central, HK
*For RSVP, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
*Closed on weekends & public holidays
*Artworks in this drop will be available on screensguru.io from 31st Jan to 13th Feb
About Sa Sa Art Projects
Founded in 2010 by the Cambodian arts collective Stiev Selapak , Sa Sa Art Projects is a Cambodian artist-run space dedicated to experimental and critical contemporary art practices.
more info : https://www.sasaart.info/pisaot.htm
Q9 Crypto Hub is operated by Q9 Capital, a full-service crypto investment platform for individuals and institutions.
more info : https://www.q9capital.com