The Bakgatla Group
In 2001 four potters from Thamaga village in Botswana decided to start painting. Already after a short time this group was well known in Botsuana, and in 2002 the Botsuana National Museum organised the first exhibition of paintings and some pottery of the group.
Similar to the Ndebele people in South Africa the Bakgatla tradionally decorate their huts with patterns painted with natural colours ( clay…). The paintings are not as symmetric arranged (symmetry axis) as the Ndebele do (Esther Mahlangu), so the varity of their decorations – paintings – are much wider.
At the opening of the exhibition at the Botsuana National Museum the principal curator said: “… as serious as the paintings are, their rendition in bold and bright colour add a touch of straight forward and honest playfulness. … the designs and pattern were the very definition of and synonymous to our vernacular architecture”.