On Creating Illustrations for Social Awareness - A Conversation with Jean-Philippe Kalonji
Narratives of PurposeNovember 22, 2021
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On Creating Illustrations for Social Awareness - A Conversation with Jean-Philippe Kalonji

It is the Season two finale of our show. This last episode features Geneva-based, comic artist and painter Jean-Philippe (JP) Kalonji. JP is also an editorial illustrator for the Swiss newspaper Le Temps. In this discussion, he shares the role artists and culture play in social change, plus the importance for him to use his twenty years experience to be part of change makers creating social impact. Likewise, JP talks about his role as artistic director with the NGO Civitas Maxima, an organisation that seeks to empower victims of war crimes in their quest for justice, and the way his drawings contribute to people's stories of healing. Listen to his story.


Show Notes

At the end of the show, the guests share a sneak preview into their favourite music or books by answering the same set of questions. Here are the links to JP’s answers. The music he listens to these days is from the following artists: Loyle Carner, Yasiin Bey AKA Mos Def, and Pharoahe Monch. The book he is currently reading is the Sefer ha-Yashar. The music that particularly resonated with him at a specific time in his life is Drum’n’Bass, especially the artist Dillinja. The book he particularly remembers is HagaKure: The Book of The Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo. His all-time favourite song that he absolutely recommends is ‘So What’ by Miles Davis.

You can learn more about JP’s work on his website. If you want to follow JP on social media, you can find him on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram

Here are some additional useful links. You can find out about the International Criminal Court, the institution JP mentioned, on their website. In case you wish to have more information on the NGO Civitas Maxima and the newspaper Le Temps you can visit their respective websites.