Ademar Vieira might be a familiar name to you already since Bored Panda has featured quite a few of his sensitive and heartfelt illustrations telling stories about the wrongs of our society.
Ademar is a Brazilian illustrator, journalist and screenwriter who has mastered the art of visual storytelling. Today, we want to share his 7 new silent narratives that touch on topics of concern, such as refugees, homelessness, destruction of nature and the most recent event that has shocked and thrilled the hearts of many people around the world—the full-scale war in Ukraine. All of that is told with almost no words because an image is a universal language understood by all.
This is the fifth article showcasing Ademar’s artwork. If you haven’t seen his previous illustrations, we highly recommend you take a look at the earlier posts by clicking here, here, here and here.
“Today, the world is witnessing what seems like the return of a nightmare from the past, but which for many people in poor countries is a very current reality. For the victims of war, there is no right or wrong side, there is nothing that justifies barbarity, that’s why this strip is called ‘Nightmare’.”
According to the artist, the war in Ukraine, although horrible, is just one of the dozens of conflicts that have taken place in recent years or are still taking place. “Syria, Somalia, Afghanistan are some examples of this, but the biggest commotion comes from the fact that it is a country located in Europe. The West recognizes itself in the images that reach the news and I wanted to take advantage of that to talk about the horror of war and how ordinary people are affected by the decisions of politicians.”
“So far the war has affected the price of fuel and that affects our entire economy, but if the war continues, in addition to people’s lives and all this suffering, we could have other political and economic consequences or worse, more conflicts. For me, it was important to mobilize the public for an end to the war in the hope of a ceasefire and a peace agreement.”
Ademar revealed that his illustrations weren’t always wordless. “At first I would put lines on the characters, but when I made a comic strip without words, people from other countries started sharing it, so I decided to always do it without words.”
“Those who follow my work more closely know that I am not a Eurocentrist and those who bought my book have already seen this strip called ‘Refugees’ and it deals with the conflict in Syria and its consequences.”
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