20 Times This Artist Created Illustrations About Social Issues And Imperfections Of Modern Life

Published 2 years ago

Our modern society isn’t as amazing as we’d like it to be. To show just how silly and ridiculous modern society can be, one artist decided to provide a social commentary on it with interesting thought-provoking illustrations.

Koren Shadmi is a New York-based artist who illustrates the condition of modern society with a touch of irony and sarcasm. His works have been published in popular magazines like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, etc. Check out some of his illustrations that point out the absurdness of modern society in the gallery below.

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“When a patient is in the terminal condition it’s up to the family to decide if they want them to spend their last days in the hospital, or in the more comfortable and familiar environment of their home. A difficult subject to tackle, but I did my best.”


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“Corporations lobbying to silence proof of global warming.”


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“Illustration for the NY Times styles section from a few years ago. The column dealt with the taboo of discussing your salary when in reality it’s for a workers’ benefit to know what their colleagues are making.”


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“Social media addict.”


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“Bad savings.”


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“Austerity was in full force in Europe and often ended up hurting more than helping. In Spain, middle-class citizens defaulted on mortgages, lost their homes, and found no help in the government.”


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“All tangled up”


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“The cover I drew for The Village Voice from a few years ago. The cover story dealt with predatory loan sharks that were buying up debt from various companies and then hounding mostly poor individuals for the money. I hope this type of predatory behavior has been curbed but I would dare guess that it hasn’t.”


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“Imagine a world after civilization is gone. Will anything survive after us humans? Will nature reclaim our cities and towns? Will an epidemic be the end-all of humanity? Probably not this virus, but maybe the next one?”


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“Silicon Valley is remaking the American school system. A handful of tech giants have plugged their hardware and software into US public schools. Is it just one great social experiment?”


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“The disturbing reality of the Amazon Go smart grocery stores.”


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“What’s in the fridge? I don’t want you to panic, but we are running low on olives! Should you brave a trip to the grocery store? Food and our guts are tied to ancient animal survival instincts. Sometimes we can get irrational about it”


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“How do men diet? They eat less!”


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“Sickness and surveillance – an illustration about how the government is looking to collect our data in order to fight the COVID19 infection. When is an invasion of privacy justified? All our data is already out there swimming around, so maybe a bit more spying to save some lives is not a bad idea.”


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“The Chinese government is on its way to establishing its very own social credit system. It will judge the trustworthiness of it’s 1.3 billion residents. Much like the nightmarish episode of Black Mirror, each person will be given a score based on a variety of factors, including finances, shopping habits, social media interactions, and more. The future is here, and it’s terrifying.”


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“New hope after four years of destruction.”


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“How Facebook is toying with your brain and putting the world at risk while doing so. The social media behemoth is fine-tuning an AI that will be able to influence the thoughts and actions of users. Is it time to rein in this powerful tool and inject it with the morality it lacks?”


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“How to impress at a job interview.”

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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