HORRIFIC: "Girl with bound feet 1870-1890. The feet would then regularly be unbound, washed and kneaded, with additional pain often caused by beating the sole of the foot to keep the bones broken. The feet were then rebound – ever more tightly each time. Whenever the binding session was over, the girl was immediately forced to walk on her feet to crush them further. None of this was carried out with any anesthetic."
Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski's grim and sharply satirical works, which we've featured before here, are a perfect example of art that speaks volumes. Kuczynski's images are so powerful because they force us to face some of the worst realities of our times. It's beautiful – not in a flowers-and-sunlight kind of way, but in a brutally truthful way. He addresses war, political manipulation and hypocrisy, environmental damage, economic disparity and many other ills facing mankind today.