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40-year-old Alireza Pakdel is a cartoonist, illustrator, and art director from Iran. His work mostly explores and revolves around various problems that are dominant in our modern-day society, reminding us of important things that we might overlook when it comes to our everyday lives.

However, of course, it's definitely not the first time we have mentioned the said artist’s work on Bored Panda. Over the last year, Pakdel’s work has been featured quite a few times on our site. If you are as curious as we are, you can go ahead and do your very best checking out Alireza’s other themed works such as part 1 of illustrations that expose today’s society and his digital artworks that show the harsh reality of doctors during the coronavirus outbreak.

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With his illustrations, Pakdel tries to address everyday situations that often go unnoticed by most people. In a world where topics such as capitalism, consumerism, racism, and even pollution caused by human actions are very relevant themes, Alireza often tries to spread awareness and explore these topics in his works. 

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We keep depleting our resources....and we're not valuing what we have already.

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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This needs to be higher as it shows a tragedy many people in the West are unaware of: in Iran, women are not allowed to sing or play instruments in public. There were many cases where a wellknown (male) singer had women in his orchestra and just before the concert started, women were forced to leave the stage. This reminds me of a heartbreaking photo of a female musician peeping through the curtain with sad eyes to see how her fellow male musicians are perfrming.

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When you think about it, it's incredible how much information people have at their fingertips when they surf the internet. You could consider yourself the pilot of your own journey as you glide across whatever you find in the digital cosmos. So seeing Alireza’s mindful illustrations surface across social media truly sets a good reflection of the world’s current situation. His work carries a powerful and meaningful message that can be understood without the need for words.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Even then people would want to haggle the prices. Like dude...it isn't worth a lot to you but it's worth a lot to them.

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With that being said, we believe it's wildly interesting to listen to how some people reflect on their own lives or recount the past. The power of sentimentality, memory, and nostalgia that comes along with it is a powerful experience. The characters portrayed in Pakdel’s works convey all kinds of feelings and appeal to surreal, imaginary situations that reflect on today’s world, both past, present, and future.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can downvote me but I don't really get what this picture is about. Is it to spread awareness for poaching or something?

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All in all, It's up to you to decide, Pandas! Choose your favorite works amongst them all and explain to us in the comments why you chose them. We dare you to try to appreciate all of the different aspects of these images without being hypnotized. Which topics do you think should be more relevant?

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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think this needs explaining as well. In Iran (the artist is Iranian), politicians pretend to live modest lives, while gathering wealth on the back of the poor. The camera shows what they want the public to see (on state controlled media) and behind the camera we see their actual life style.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Companies decided decades ago to switch to plastic packaging because it was cheaper for them to produce. They then shifted the blame onto consumers for "littering".

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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Be like the dogs. But don't lick each other when you first meet them, that's just weird.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is there drought where flamingos live??? 😢 can we do anything to help? i love flamingos!

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh no. We truly are a horrible species to watch others suffer and do nothing.

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2 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you know it is so ironic that most kids or adults even, loath certain things (like vegetables, doctor appointments, or school to list a few), while lots of people would love to be able to eat vegetables, go to the doctor, or go to school.

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3 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This shows a kurdish smuggler who is forced to transport goods over the mountains (such as fridges), the only way to earn money and feed the family in those parts of Iran. Additional to the hard, dangarous trips, many of them are shut by Iranian border police.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I feel like this cartoon is referring to a probably horrible story I don't know...

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

On the other hand, one single egg is already barely enough for the man who is cooking it

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Corporate factory farms; they only succeed based on the suffering of the humans and animals that work them

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The hole in the wall is in the shape of the map of Iran. The picture shows how talented, well educated people leave Iran for a better life and goods produced in other countries are sold to people that could be easily produced there, if the brain drain wouldn't happen.

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3 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is a political prisoner in Iran. Many are imprisoned for opposing the regime.

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