This article on Medium Corporation, a platform for social journalism, Kaarvan Crafts Foundation shares its experience of unpacking social justice by bearing witness to poetics of everyday life.
What is development work? Isn’t it the pursuit of building personal, economic and political capacities for individuals as well as nations? Developmental work often addresses the physical life of a person by means of financial aid, skills training and job opportunities. What of the intellectual life, the spiritual life, the emotional life and aesthetic life? Especially the aesthetic aspect of life — life revolving around creation and beauty is often overlooked or neglected.
Kaarvan sees untapped potential in the aesthetic life/ life of creation in developmental work regarding building an individual’s political capacity — an individual’s ability to participate in cultural life. Political capacity in the form of critical consciousness to question oppressive processes and countering injustices with acts of creation. … See MoreSee Less