Since 2012, the award-winning non-profit PositiveNegatives has been producing comics, animations and podcasts about contemporary social and humanitarian issues, including conflict, racism, migration and asylum. We combine ethnographic research with illustration, adapting personal testimonies into art, advocacy and education materials.
PositiveNegatives has worked extensively with a range of organisations such as The Guardian, Open Society Foundations (OSF), BBC, The Nobel Peace Centre, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the United Nations (UN), and with leading academic institutions such as; Harvard South Asia Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and University of Sussex.
Narratives are adapted directly from first-hand interviews. Illustrations are based on photographs taken during field research. Names and identifying characteristics are altered, and testimony is rendered anonymous, freeing contributors to be candid even when discussing topics that are sensitive or have security implications. We adapt and dramatise the stories we are told but endeavour to convey our participant’s experiences accurately. Where possible, draft scripts and illustrations are delivered to participants for consultation before the work is committed to ensure that it is their story, not our interpretation of it. Our visual tools are used to build understanding and critical thinking around various important global topics with diverse international audiences.