Mak­gati Mole­batsi

Art con­sul­tant, Jo­han­nes­burg

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It takes a cer­tain for­ti­tude and de­ter­mi­na­tion to trade in a 30-year ca­reer in mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions, work­ing with the likes of Revlon and John­son & John­son, to work in the con­tem­po­rary art world. But hav­ing done just that, Mole­batsi now boasts a thriv­ing vis­ual art ad­vi­sory con­sul­tancy that helps her clients, both artists and buy­ers, cre­ate value in their col­lec­tions and art­works. ‘Art is my pas­sion, and spend­ing every day talk­ing or read­ing about art is my ul­ti­mate joy.’ She re­cently worked with Ivo­rian pho­tog­ra­pher Ana­nias Léky Dago on an ex­hi­bi­tion of im­ages shot in Soweto, but it’s her ex­ten­sive travel sched­ule that most in­forms her view of the art world. ‘Whether for bi­en­nales and art fairs, I travel for art, and I al­ways have, even be­fore I be­came an art ad­vi­sor,’ ad­mits Mole­batsi. ‘And I al­ways visit mu­se­ums and gal­leries. I once spent the en­tire day at the Prado with­out notic­ing the time.’ DW 97,438 miles flown per year 8 trips taken per year 10 ho­tels vis­ited per year

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