Saint Donald


Installation with wooden shrine,  slip-cast ceramic statue, dead flowers and candles

Exhibited at Copeland Gallery, London
In the “Our Dear Leaders” series, Bungener took inspiration from wayside shrines he visited in rural areas of Mediterranean France and Italy to explore the contradictions inherent in voting groups that are polarised by political leaders such as Donald Trump and Boris Johnson. On the one hand, Bungener was interested in how people supporting these leaders are able to maintain an unwavering faith despite these figures acting against their best interests. On the other hand, he wanted to capture what Slavoj Zizek describes as the “festishization” of Trump by liberals; in other words, the liberal left’s own obsession with these political figures, which acts as a distraction from their own failure to address the needs of the working class. 

© Lewis Bungener 2023