78 More Brutally Honest Illustrations By Pawel Kuczynski Show What’s Wrong With Today’s Society
Observations of modern society, our habits and obsessions, are an important tool to have as we try to make sense of a rapidly changing world.
Sometimes we need to step back, slow down and look at ourselves with fresh eyes. Only then do the absurdities and flaws that we seem to have accepted as the norm become evident, and we can begin to question them.
Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski is an absolute master of this, combining powerful social commentary and satire with beautifully illustrated pieces, to make us sit back and reassess our priorities. “From the beginning I found that illustration was the best way to express my observations,” Pawel told Bored Panda. “I always say, that I'm an illustrator of a surrealistic time, so that is reflected in my work.”
Pawel began his career outside of his native Poland in order to focus on more global issues. “I wanted to be understandable for all peoples,” he told us. “I try not to speak directly about current problems. I try to find a wider view. Some times it's too wide! I receive many different kinds of opinion from people, that I'm old communist, liberal, fascist, conservative, anti-technological man, etc.”
In light of recent allegations surrounding Facebook and our data, the unjust wars that continue to rage around us, poverty, inequality and environmental degradation everywhere, these illustrations are highly relevant and deeply thought-provoking. What does Pawel think about the technology that we seem to be so in thrall to? “Facebook and other technological innovations are just the tools. It depends on us, for what kind of purposes we will use them.”
Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
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I suspect he's telling us where the real pearls of wisdom are...
so if you stick your head out long enough and become a tree, someone will look after you?
We're paddling in the shallow pool of banality that is the internet, and ignoring an ocean of experience in the written word.
Fantastic! However I perceive a saturation point. You are all so preoccupied with your online presence that you're suffering from overkill panic attack. Afraid that your teenager only connects with others through ye web? Create an environment were they can do their stuff together. Like the old time playing hal
The donkey is man and (s)he is being blinded by technology and can only see what's i front of them
Mmmmh... I welcome the potential downvotes, but I'll be the "black sheep" defending technology in this one. Pokemon Go was meant to get people out of their homes and go take a walk. Like Wii and Kinect, the concept is an effort to solve the problems of decreased physical activity caused by video games. I give it credit for that.
OH--I think he's literally giving himself a physical disability (inability to fly)through poor diet (obesity)
This one is pretty meaningful. I think it's abuse at work. Including entertainment business. Anyone that's valuable, creative, and kind. Is grounded to leave traces in this world with their wings. But those teaces are really boring patterns. For the sake of maintaining status quo, so the money of the bad boss can stay safe.
all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.
Legal immigrants are welcome, illegal - not so much. But too many people choose to ignore the "illegal" part over their bleeding hearts. Yet those very same people won't lift a finger to *actually* help any immigrant families. I am a legal immigrant myself by the way, but that doesn't matter .. I am pretty sure all the social justice warriors will downvote this to death.
They’re saying that social media is a vast empire that’s ran by the best and humanity are the feeble slaves that build it and maintain it, in reality we’re just slaves to social media even if we’re the ones in control.
The politicians supporting the gun industry are as lethal as the ammunition
At one point she was at the top so its more of a cycle than whats depicted here. Those kids at the top will eventually spend their time on the bottom
Ha! Anything out of a politician's mouth will come true when pigs fly
dont judge a book by its cover. its just the tip of the iceberg there is much more beneath it.