Mak’Dct: Makgati Molebatsi
Makgati Molebatsi has over 30 years experience in marketing and integrated communications gained from various industries; FMCG, retail, energy, rail and advertising.
After working briefly as a voluntary administrator for the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale in 1997, her interest in contemporary art was inspired, and she started acquiring art by African artists.This led to her establishing networks and relationships with artists, galleries, curators and art critics within South Africa and internationally.She currently sits on the board of the Bag Factory Artists Studios in Johannesburg and also serves on the organization’s fund raising committees. The Bag Factory is a visual arts organization providing studios and residency programmes for local and international artists. Additionally, Makgati provides mentorship within the visual arts sector in Johannesburg and participates in Business and Art South Africa ( BASA) mentorship programme.
She graduated BA Social Sciences from The University of the North and obtained a Certificate in Business Administration from Wits Business School. She also holds a Certificate in Art & Business from the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London Campus.
Art Salon 21: Ann Samuels
Ann Samuels is the Founder of Art Salon 21. Art Salon 21 is a new Art Agency catering to creators and collectors of contemporary art from Africa and its diaspora.
We identify under-recognized artist and connect them to our network of independent curators and collectors by hosting private salons and exhibitions. Prior to starting Art Salon 21, Ann operated her own gallery in New York, specializing in Caribbean Contemporary art. Ann is also the founded of Reimagine Art, a nonprofit portfolio of art world projects that range from fundraising for art fairs to mentoring creative entrepreneurs. Ann is a member of Independent Curators International and collects contemporary art from Africa and Caribbean. Ann Started her career at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in Desktop Publishing and Graphic Design and was eventually promoted to Litigation Support Analyst.
Ann holds a BA in Business and Communication from Marymount Manhattan college and a certificate Art Business from Christie’s Education.