Participatory photography for social transformation
Society identifies differences between people for many reasons. Presenting ethnic, religious, economic, physical and gender minority groups as something negative makes them vulnerable. This leads to the invisibility and stigmatisation of groups and individuals within the same group.
In El Catalejo we use participatory photography to reverse these social stigmas. By connecting people of varying backgrounds and groups, we help them understand their social reality and value.
The Theatre of the Oppressed inspired our approach and methodology. We use tools of artistic and corporal expression such as sensory language, enabling participants become protagonists in the stories they tell us, deciding what they want to talk about and how.