We’re thrilled to present our fifth Small Talk with professional photographer and journalist Dr Benjamin Dix, Swedish illustrator, Gabrielle Frödén and broadcaster and journalist Bidisha. Our online series features conversations between fascinating people from various disciplines, across the arts, anthropology, politics and philosophy. In our fifth episode, Dr Benjamin Dix and Gabrielle Frödén explore human rights and art and how the two can interconnect with Bidisha. They discuss various subjects including identity, politics, storytelling, graphic novels and topical issues such as the refugee crisis.
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In the episode, Benjamin discusses his experiences working as a Communications Manager for the UN and various international NGOs across Asia and Africa for the past 12 years. In 2012, Benjamin founded ‘PositiveNegatives’ to produce comics that explore complex subjects including conflict, migration and asylum to a wide and diverse audience. Benjamin discusses how his inspiration came to combine art and human rights while in LTTE controlled Vanni, North Sri Lanka with the UN from 2004 – 2008, throughout the recent conflict and wanted to create a graphic novel of this experience.
Gabrielle, whose clients include The Guardian, The Observer, BBC and ‘PositiveNegatives’ has also published children’s works, which have been translated into a number of languages. Gabrielle and Benjamin discuss with Bidisha how comics can be an effective method of telling news stories, offering a linear and more understandable narrative.
Bidisha is a political analyst and broadcaster on human rights, global affairs and the arts, for the BBC, Channel 4 and SKY. She is also a regular contributor to The Guardian and The Observer. Bidisha is a writer and poet; her fifth book, Asylum and Exile: The Hidden Voices of London (2015) is based on her outreach work with asylum seekers and refugees.