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Encore: Lekgetho Makola

Lekgetho Makola is the Head of Market Photo Workshop. His role is to lead and guide the strategic operational management and the artistic framework of programming of the organisation.

Lekgetho Makola q&a interviewName three artworks that you love and why.
A portrait photograph by Keorapetse Mosimane: Androgenia – a beautiful boy (2004) – it’s an intriguing work that blurs gender binary; a drawing by Dumile Feni: African Guernica (1967) – it shows turmoil of the physical and spiritual. It’s Dumile’s best representation of an evil colonial presence in the continent; and a film by Ousmane Sembène: Moolaadé (2004). It confronts the problematic notions of tradition as archaic, juxtaposed against the evolution of cultural practices on our continent, centred around horrific female mutilation practices.

Name one artist you would love to meet.
Dumile Feni even though he has passed on.

What are you reading at the moment?
I’m about to open Shahidul Alam’s My Journey as a Witness.

What is in your car’s CD player?

How have the arts industries in South Africa changed over the last ten years?
More dynamic, diverse, accessible spaces and platforms now exist both in physical and digital form. The world is getting smaller and global audiences are frequently engaging with the work of local practitioners.

Name one thing you think would improve the arts and culture industry in South Africa.
The Department of Arts and Culture should play the role of administrator only and allocate all funding to its agencies to run with the artistic programming and implementation. The Department should not be planning and hosting artistic programmes.

What is your most treasured possession?
Serving the artistic.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Loss of life.

What is it that makes you happy?
Happiness around me.

Describe a defining moment in your life.
Waking up in a hospital after a near-death experience; street violence and crime. 1994.

What projects will you be busy with during 2019 and into 2020?
Photographic archive resource centre development; fostering regional and international collaboration and partnership; reviewing the Market Photo Workshop curriculum; driving my personal project on documenting diverse memories of the struggle for freedom, beyond the usual suspects.

Name one goal you would like to achieve in the next twelve months.
Move to the land from which our Makola community/families were forcibly removed.

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