Since very young, we were told that nothing is perfect, and this does not exclude our society. To be frank, there are numerous issues in our society that need to be remediated as soon as possible.
Ironically, politicians address social problems in their speeches before elections only, and we are somehow just drowning more and more in the mud.
Modern society faces many challenges that are long overdue for change, as in the run to better and ease our life, we have become so much different and prone to self-destruction.
Yet, while the majority will continue living their lives as if nothing happened, a small group of people will try to alarm others of the possible consequences of this carelessness- artists.
These people use art to convey a powerful message in a sophisticated way. The beauty of art is in its ability to remind of the past, depict the present, and to predict or warn about the future.
Artists have always found a way to call out various aspects of our society and raise awareness for a certain issue. Al Margen, an illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, uses his drawings to reflect on what our society has become.
They pinpoint the world problems of our times, and they are often dark, and thought-provoking.
The author explains the drawings in a really artistic manner:
“They are children of boredom, nonconformity or anger. “
“They are the representation of discarded ideas. They are the garbage of the subconscious. But they are more visceral and sincere than other sad drawings because they have no obligation to please. “
“ Because they were born only by an impulse and nothing more. Because they were born to annoy because they show the problems with society.”
He portrays universal problems in a provoking and sardonic manner, and he has absolutely no desire to please anyone with his illustrations. While we all know that these problems exist in our society, most of us choose to shy away from them and watch by the sidelines.
Via his illustrations, Al Margen satirically expresses his perception of the dystopia within our societies that we refuse to confront.
His satirical sketches comment on the unhealthy behaviors that were born of 21st-century advancements, and while the message of some of them is obvious, others leave the implications up to the viewer to interpret.
While looking at the drawings, you will start feeling uneasy, sad, and even disappointed. Do you contribute to this state of society?
Are you willing to make a change? Do these drawings inspire you to act?