Funded by the Arts Council England, Positive Negatives have developed this 200+ page graphic novel, Vanni, focusing on the Sri Lankan conflict between the Sri Lankan Government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
From the perspective of a single family, we aim to show the personal experiences of modern warfare, the processes of forced migration and the struggles of seeking asylum in Europe.
Vanni forms the basis of PositiveNegatives Director Benjamin Dix’s PhD in the transformation of complex testimony into comic books and has been meticulously researched over the past 6 years. Drawing on first hand interviews, references from official reports and cross referencing with experts in the field, The Vanni aims to take the reader through the immense struggles, horrors and life changing decisions individual families must make when caught in conflict.
Research and story by Benjamin Dix, Script and illustration by Lindsay Pollock