Disturbing – Yet Accurate – Illustrations That Portray The Absurdities Of Modern Society

Credit: Luis Quiles
Credit: Luis Quiles

Warning: Some of these images may be inappropriate for the workplace. 

Because the truth can be hard to grasp, a number of artists have used their abilities in recent years to expose accepted ‘norms’ of society in creative, thought-provoking ways. All illustrations are unique, yet challenge viewers to open their minds to the absurdities of modern life.

Many artists have created artwork to inspire deep contemplation, but Spanish artist Luis Quiles’ creations may be the most controversial yet as many of his illustrations center on the objectification of women, war and power, social media, religion, and the glorification of technology in the modern world. The following slide show presents some masterpieces created by Luis Quiles and other artists that clearly want to send a strong message to the world.

It might be agreed that the images are so powerful because they evoke deep visceral responses – be they arousal, terror or disgust – which challenge common thinking. If any of the images strike a chord with you, that’s okay. Just take a moment to reflect on what it is that inspires a reaction, and move on to the next at your own pace.

Viewer discretion is advised.

1. Obesity in one direction, starvation in another…

Credit: Luis Quiles

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