May 24th, 2021. FACE

“Defaced” by Vian Borchert

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"Burglars and Bayonets" by M.A.A. 
"I long so much for something great and true, 
and I hope to find it with you."

a ghost-like person of the urban wilds
a shapeshifter in his crooked eyes

retreating spring of unearthed songs
voices the anger in our moans
blindfolded, back to the thorns

let us exchange tropes of fens
in the regions
of men who by dreaming
make themselves attend

slave islandโ€™s
shortcomings -
racing from the mist
as Europe signed a pact
with all the thieves
we take easy steps
but move swift

those words lacking essence
are the ruins of our being
for they invite
the scrouge of the East

up above they hide
what they want to consume
down below, we don't mind

seeking shelter from the wilds
we would build greater signs

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“Facing Away” by Conal Gilliland

When you look at a photo, often you don’t realise that the act of looking has already been done. Behind every camera is a face, a focal point directing you into the photograph. There is never only one viewer of a photograph, there are two faces engaged in looking. These were taken while out cycling with a friend, her facing away from the viewer demonstrates the presence of the other phantasmal face that looks at the image with you. 

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"On Watching Him Read" by S.J. Delaney 
Upon his face, careless pleasure
Below his eyes and on the mouth.
Upon this you could watch forever;
Sustained on only this, no doubt.
To watch his eyes play down the page,
eager for the next encounter,
A joy unsullied by weary age:
His love is yours, it shall not fade.

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"Defaced!" by Vian Borchert
Nothing to see here
but my face
face to face
lost in space
somehow feeling replaced
I really hate this chase
but somehow I long for your embrace
and my life is nothing but a rat race
to get to your face.
Yet, for you, I am much like a vase
pretty, standing still with no trace
somehow feeling displaced
definitely feeling like third place
in an air space
in a tight suitcase
filed up in a briefcase
and you continually choose to put me in my place...

I feel defaced
partially erased
hiding in a corner within my space!
Definitely this is a strange case!

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Next exhibition theme: IGNORANCE

Deadline: Midnight, 6th June

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More information under โ€˜Submissionsโ€™ tab

Published by artisticdifferencescurator

My name is Seรกn and I am the creator and curator of the Artistic Differences Project. I started this project during the lockdown in Ireland due to COVID-19 in March 2020 as a way to get my friends and I creating during a troubling time. From there the project as gone from strength to strength and now we publish a new exhibition every two weeks.

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