When people are told what to believe and think, rarely do they want to heed the advice. But when simple truths are presented through artwork, somehow, it becomes easier to digest concepts which were previously ignored. This is why artwork that highlights social issues is so important — and undoubtedly, it is why artist Gunduz Aghayev continues to portray modern problems in a satirical fashion.

For his latest series, Aghayev focused on problems which have been front-and-center for centuries. Despite being persistent issues, they still haven’t been solved. A prominent message is that people tend to not act individually. As a result, the masses are easily influenced by media, figures they idolize, or texts that are thousands of years old.

In one satirical photo, the cast of ‘Madagascar’ — all colorful and lively — huddles together on a small section of grass in the concrete jungle. Around them, “zombies” go about their day, sometimes, looking to the animals as entertainment.

The message of another photo cannot be missed. An affluent businessman feeds the masses “crap” through television. Because their heads are empty, they are receptacles and easily filled. In another illustration, a wall is erected between the Statue of Liberty and the shores of New York. It depicts how “welcoming” America has become for US refugees.

Each image is powerful and has a poignant message. Scroll through the following compilation and please comment your thoughts below.

#1 The Last Oasis

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#2 Attractive Tv

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#3 Hate

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#4 Wall

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#5 Applause

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#6 Miracle Travel

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#7 Rescue

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#8 Trump’s Toy

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#9 Terror Order

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#10 Modern Human

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#11 Political Prisoners

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#12 Execution Of Sofia

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#13 Destroying Alternative

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