Project Description

The original version was painted at the old NSA radar station Teufelsberg in Berlin. ‘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.

additional photo credit: Callum Winn

If you love the motive so much, that you would like to purchase it, have a look at this original here.

~ Teufelsberg Berlin – Germany ~