NFTs vaunted Democrats? Artist Akshita Gandhi begs to differ.

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With the recent NFT boom, Mumbai-based artist Akshita Gandhi saw an opportunity to continue advocating for the social issues close to her heart – women’s empowerment and sustainability – while exploring this new medium. Although crypto art has been called a great democratizer of the art world, data from Art Tactic shows that only 16% of NFTs sold in the last 21 months were made by female creators. Additionally, most blockchain technologies incur high carbon costs with negative impact on the environment.

On January 9, Gandhi, a former construction worker, gave up her first NFT. It is part of a series that combines his digitally manipulated paintings and photographs with text excerpts. Her goal is to promote women’s empowerment and sustainability to inspire change towards women’s inclusion and environmentally friendly practices in the growing NFT space.

Gandhi proves that artists are entrepreneurs

The NFT space is driven equally by profit, innovation and creativity. This makes the terms artists and entrepreneurs interchangeable. For Gandhi, it was important to launch his NFT in close collaboration with women. She worked with the Throne platform and their creative directors for the launch. Chimere Cisse is a former communications manager at Burberry and Julia Pavlovska is a former student of the Sotheby’s Institute. To further support women working with NFTs, Gandhi aims to only collect female creators. Indian artist Cyber ​​Shakti was his first acquisition.

Spirituality and its symbolism can be found in Gandhi’s work. “Gaia”, a painting and light box depicting the flapping of an angel’s wings, is on display at ARUSHI Gallery in LA. It is part of the collective exhibition “The overturned hourglass”. Describing her views on spirituality, she says, “Unlike religion, spirituality cannot be taught. It comes naturally when we want to question what we have and why we are being taught. Gandhi’s works touch the heart of the viewer while being positive, visionary and energetic. She continues, “I believe in the religion of mankind above all else.”

Akshita Gandhi
Akshita Gandhi. Gaia, 2022. 10 second video. Image courtesy of Throne.

Gandhi’s NFT promotes environmental awareness. This is a 10 second video listed on the Throne market with a starting price of 0.45 ETH. The artwork Gandhi showed in LA serves as the backdrop for “Gaia.” In Greek mythology, Gaia is the personification of Earth. The coin – depicting the wings of an angel – signals that we must protect each other and protect our environment. To acquire the unique NFT artwork, collectors need only download a wallet, such as MetaMask, and create an account on Throne.

Gandhi creates space for women

By bringing a feminine and diverse perspective to the field, Gandhi hopes to bring about real change. It has partnered with Nori, a carbon disposal marketplace, and will donate 2.5% of sales and resale proceeds to the company for carbon disposal. Thus ensuring that its NFT sales will benefit the environment. “I want to inspire other female artists to participate and help build a new existence in the metaverse,” the artist said. Gandhi is actively building his following on Twitter, the social media channel of choice for NFT creators and collectors.

Editor’s Note: If art for a good cause moves you forward, I invite you to read our file on the painter Emerald Rose Whipple. Whipple has created prints in partnership with UNICEF and Orange Babies to support children in need.

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