Currently a CEO at The Javett Arts Centre and formerly Head of Market Photo Workshop, Lekgetho James Makola sits on the International Advisory Committee to the Board of CatchLight – San Francisco, and was on the Curatorial Advisory Committee of the 2017 Bamako Encounters – Mali. He has been in the judging panels for number of national and international Photography and Arts Awards in the past 5 years, including CAP prize, UPPA, Thami Mnyele Art award, W Eugene Smith grant, World Press Photo 2019 and in 2020 as Chair of General Jury. He participated as a reviewer in the 2018 New York Times Portfolio Review.
Lekgetho, born in Ga-Sekhukhune in Limpopo, has a Fine Art degree from Durban University of Technology, South Africa. His artistic achievements include a Bronze Sculpture commission for President Nelson Mandela. He is an International Ford Foundation Fellow on Social Justice 2009, and a Graduate of Howard University in Washington DC USA with MFA in Film Studies 2013. He worked for the Durban Art Museum, Robben Island Museum including an internship at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. He co-founded Kali TV in Washington DC 2012, an online media platform reporting news on Diaspora communities in the USA. He is a founding member of Parallel Film Collective Washington DC, 2012, a non-profit organization focusing on ‘Local Equals Global’ film culture with the idea that stories of everyday people are worth being told.
He also founded an independent production company KGETHI IMAGES (Pty)Ltd in August 2014 South Africa, which focuses on film, photography and art productions. www.kgethiimages.co.za. The company achievements include production of over 200 individual interviews with former political prisoners of South Africa’s liberation struggle.
Lekgetho is a founding member of the virtual continental network Centres of Learning for Photography in Africa.
Lekgetho invests his energies in shifting the trajectory of artistic intellectualism and the business of the artistic practices within the Continent of Africa, while advocating for the promotion of the arts culture as instruments of inspiration towards social justice and ‘political’ change for reimagined futures.