WE MUST ALL DO THEATRE - TO FIND OUT WHO WE ARE AND TO DISCOVER WHO WE COULD BECOME (Augusto Boal).
The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is the theoretical and practical basis of the Theatre of the oppressed. It is a set of creative activities that aim at dimantling the oppressive system's castrating strategies of influencing and convincing the oppressed that they are incapable of creating, participating and deciding. The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is a means of fighting against the aesthetic invasion of the brains, against the domination of ideas and perceptions and the authoritariat imposition of pre-established conceptions of the beautiful, the right and the desirable. The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is an excercies of freedom that goes against the passive consumption and stimulates the creative and critical production of culture and knowledge.
This work attempts to stimulate the group members to develop their own aesthetic perception so that the power of the stories told, the force of this dramaturgy inherent in life can have a plastic (and political) representations with which they identify and which they recognize themselves.
The Aesthetics of the Oppressed is not the art of decoration. It is the art of expression. Its objective should be the aesthetic communication of the perception the group has of their own reality (Kuringa Group).