Cuban Artist Portrays Violence Against Children Through Shocking Artwork [Images]


Cuban artist and creative director Erik Ravelo, the man behind United Colors of Benetton’s UnHate campaign that featured doctored photos of world leaders making out, is back with Los Intocables or the untouchables, a shock photography project that captures the evils harming innocent children all over the world.

Each photo shows a child crucified on the shoulders of those who inflict harm on them. Each perpetrator is metaphorically shown turning their backs to their victims, symbolizing the common indifference all of us have when it comes to protecting the children from contemporary illnesses like sex tourism.

Ravelo took a series of photos of children hung like Jesus from a cross, but in the place of the cross were soldiers, surgeons, priests and Ronald McDonald. The images refer to pedophilia in the Vatican, child sex tourism in Thailand, the war in Syria, the trafficking of black market organs “donated” by children in the third world and obesity. A number of the photos are named after the countries where the abuses take place. The gun violence photo is named USA, while the traveling pedophile is called Thailandia.

The project was designed to make a point about the state of childhood globally, he told

“My intention is not to offend anyone but make people think about a problem. All the news about the civil war in Syria involving many children casualties, and particularly in this case the fact that I live in Italy, strongly determined the direction of the series Los Intocables.

The religious icon is not someone else’s religious icon. It’s my icon too, it’s my culture, it’s my education, it’s the way I was taught to communicate. So, in any case I’m talking about me too. I still don’t understand why some people are mad at me, but they’re not mad about those problems. Some people get offended by the photos but not by the problems the photos wants to talk about.

“Kids represent innocence and the series of Los Intocables aims to preserve and defend the right to childhood, to a clean childhood. So we are preserving kids here. They are even pixilated to preserve and protect their identities.”

The graphic yet the powerful and perfect way to visually drive home the message of child abuse is merely a reflection of a reality that is normally hidden from view or swept under the carpet. Is it outrageous? You decide.


The eerie image is meant to represent pedophilia, with the camera adding an element of child pornography.


The photo above depicts the dangers of chemical weapons like the nuclear meltdown in Japan.


Hooded shooter with three guns and a girl in her school uniform on his back represents how school children are becoming victims of gun violence in the United States.


This image refers to the trafficking of organs on the black market, especially Brazil, with doctors harvesting body parts from children.


A child in his underwear is placed on the back of a priest marks the sexual abuse scandals that have plagued the Catholic church in recent years.


A young girl is ‘crucified’ on the back of a uniformed soldier, bringing forth the harms of war.


This image shows how children are becoming obese by falling victim to the marketing and operative schemes of the fast food companies like McDonald’s.

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  1. The message fell short of the entire truth of who are behind child abuse and violence against children. It would have been more true to reality if there were images of children on the backs of a few females. My experiences and awareness on this issue suggest the missing link causes many not to see the complete reality of child abuse. 49/100 for this simply because of this missing truth.

    • You are right, many cases of violence and abuse are caused by women, it’s not something we should ignore and sweep under the rug. The concept of this is good, but lie you said the message fell short.

      • Do you have any idea what it takes to bring a child into this world and raise them with 0 support? Im sure considering the minimal amount of time men generally spend with children, and the nature of the abuse, these pictures are pretty well done. In some cultures a woman might smack a kid with a wooden spoon under certain circumstances like if theyre going to burn their hand on the stove. You dont hear of many pedophile cases involving women getting shoved under the rug. Maybe these cases are getting shoved under the rug due to the religious, cultural, and financial ties of appointed judges? If you only knew just how the legal system was corrupted im sure you would reconsider your statement.

  2. But it does make people think. And it shows how we’re all part of the problem. Because we all can identify with at least one of these images.


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