Many cultures throughout human history have utilized negativity, discordant effigy or image to ward and empower a community in resistance to oppression, dis-ease, or illness. A belief or fear (of the Other), were frequently confronted with terrifying hand-made images, fantastic anthropomorphic masks or costume, mimetic gesture, eccentric ritual, amongst many other forms that tap into clandestine power. These practices are still very relevant, though polymorphic.
It is a mistake to read these works as wallowing in a black hole or in hopeless and dire conditions. It is exactly the opposite. Their discordance, symbolism, and satire channels a collective consciousness and psychological power that aid in confronting and overcoming grave and critical obstacles with progressive thought, self reflection, and ultimately, urgent action and change.