The Revival of Litema: New Hope for a Disappearing Art
In 1976 a lecturer of the National Teachers Training College of Lesotho expressed fears about the continued existence of this unique, yet generally unfamiliar, art form. Factors such as westernisation, urbanization and modernization directly contribute to the decline in Litema mural sightings.
This paper aims to give insight into the findings of an ongoing, four-year long study into the origins and symbolism of Litema. The article is introduced by an overview into the art form: stylistic approaches, application methods and time periods involved. Furthermore, the discussion intends to acquaint the audience with the creator of the Litema mural.
The article concludes with a brief summary of the aims of the various Revival of Litema projects as well as the envisaged outcomes to these projects.
Accompanying this paper will be a visual presentation of Litema photographs as well as graphical presentations of the art form.
Keywords: Litema, Basotho Mural Art, South Africa
Ms Carina Mylene Beyer
Lecturer in Photography, Photography Program,