As people around the globe stay home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, health care professionals continue to work at the forefront to serve the community. Iranian artist Alireza Pakdel captures the surreal state of the world in his series of emotional illustrations featuring brave doctors and nurses fighting the virus in both realistic and imaginative scenarios.
Pakdel uses reoccurring imagery of giant green germs to convey the fear of an unseeable enemy, while also casting medical staff as the true heroes that they are, tirelessly keeping the threat at bay. Mask-wearing characters save people from the virus in a multitude of metaphorical scenes where COVID-19 presents itself as a visible enemy. For example, Pakdel portrays the disease as handcuffs that doctors must break apart, as well as a maze that medics must pass through, and even as an enormous bear trap that threatens a car driving towards it. This type of ever-changing enemy is emblematic of the incredible challenge it poses to doctors on the front lines.
Additionally, the artist underscores the importance of solidarity and love for one another during this time of crisis. Just as medics work in teams to meet the challenges of the coronavirus, citizens help by making masks and following recommended health precautions.
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Artist Alireza Pakdel illustrates the challenges brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.
His minimalistic drawings highlight the bravery and self-sacrifice of healthcare professionals.
Pakdel’s illustrations also express the surreal state of the world during the crisis.