Episode five of our series of online videos Small Talk. This captivating series features conversations between fascinating people from across various disciplines including music, cinema, art, anthropology, politics and philosophy. Each month, our guests choose a theme close to their heart. In our fifth episode, professional photographer and journalist Dr Benjamin Dix, illustrator Gabrielle Frödén and human rights journalist and broadcaster Bidisha come together to discuss art and human rights and how the two interconnect. They discuss various subjects including issues of identity, politics, the refugee crisis, storytelling and graphic novels.
Dr Benjamin Dix
Benjamin Dix has worked as a Communications Manager for the UN and NGOs across Asia and Africa for the past 12 years. He was based in Vanni, Sri Lanka with the UN from 2004 until the UN evacuation in 2008. He has a BA in Political Geography of South Asia, an MA in Anthropology of Conflict and Violence and) and a Doctorate in Anthropology: Graphic Violence: Representing Conflict and Migration through Narratives and Illustrations (University of Sussex, 2016) In 2012, Benjamin founded ‘PositiveNegatives’ to produce comics that explore complex subjects including conflict, migration and asylum to a wide and diverse audience. For more information visit: www.positivenegatives.org
Gabi Frödén is a Swedish illustrator, writer and graphic artist who lives and works in London. Several of her children’s books are published in Sweden and translated to a number of languages. Her clients include The Guardian, the Observer, BBC, Huffington Post, NHS, The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), ‘PositiveNegatives’, Anfang, Vox Liminis, and many more. Her work is featured in Creative Review and the new children’s book that was published in May 2015 has received fantastic reviews calling Gabi’s work “jubilant”. For more information visit: www.gabifroden.com
Is a political analyst and broadcaster for the BBC, Channel 4 and SKY on human rights, global affairs and the arts and a regular contributor to The Guardian and the Observer. She is a regular guest on programmes including BBC Two’s The Review Show and BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour as well as various other documentaries and series. Bidisha has been a 2013 Fellow for the International Reporting Project, reporting on global health and development together with Johns Hopkins University and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She also does outreach work in UK detention centres and prisons. Bidisha is a writer and poet and trustee of the Booker Prize Foundation; her fifth book, Asylum and Exile: The Hidden Voices of London (2015) is based on her outreach work with asylum seekers and refugees. Find out more here: http://bidisha-online.blogspot.co.uk/