Illustration by Sebástian Narváez

This article explores some of the challenges, learning, reflections and opportunities involved in collaborating with grassroots artist collectives in conflict-affected places in academic research settings. Using as a case study the collaborative co-production of the animated short film ‘Colombia’s Broken Peace’, Sara Wong of Positive Negatives re-frames notions of ‘impact’ and ‘capacity building’ in conflict research from often unidirectional conceptualisations (i.e. skills and knowledge flowing from the ‘Global North’ to the ‘Global South’), to a more complex picture of mutual learning and knowledge exchange.