This artwork was presented at Art BaselArtbox Project Basel 1.0. It is a unique, single copy hand-made stencil painted on a  wood panel and is sold including the Art Basel certificate.
I painted a large version at the Teufelsberg Radar Station earlier in 2017. Since then it has made quite the impacted and was featured by, the instagram blog @street_art_community as well as other blogs and facebook.

A making of video painting  at Teufelsberg can be found here.


‘Soulmates’ shows Donald Trump (President of the United States) on the left and Bakr al-Baghdadi (leader of the Islamic State) on the right. Both have turned their back to one another but are united on a giant dark red heart. The idea was to show the similarities of these seemingly opposing identities and ideologies. They have far more in common than one might think:

  • extreme simplification of reality, which divides the world in ‘black-and-white’, ‘we’ against ‘them’ etc.
  • convinced that they are right/ speaking for the people.
  • authoritarian rebellion against the ruling system (‘the West’ and ‘the establishment’) which in their view does not represent the majority of the people.
  • abolishing democracy and its liberties.
  • reactionary ideas: authoritarian view, anti-liberalism, anti-feminism, patriarchy, traditional gender roles.
  • conspiracy theories which draws them as victims: The own culture is threatened by an invasion of ‘The West’ / ‘Immigrants’.
  • fighting against refugees (displacement of people / ‘Muslim ban’)

and I think most frightening of all: They both believe, they are good people.


  • hand cut stencil sprayed (aerosol) on wood panel
  • size 100 x 100 cm
  • signed, certificate, and certificate from Art Basel
  • this is shipped flat
  • frame not included
  • edition of 1