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Aaran Art Gallery Nov 2013 Samira Eskandarfar I Am Not Me 03
Tehran
مثل برداشتن پانسمان ازروی زخم. درد داره.درد داره خودباشی یا خود خودت باشی.بعضی وقتا.
من قوی هستم.من قوی نیستم.من قوی هستم.من قوی نیستم.من می خوام قوی باشم.من می ترسم.من تظاهر می کنم.من خودم رو حفظ می کنم.بعضی وقتا.
پوست من نازکه.پوست من کلفته.اینقدر نازکه که با یه خراش تمام عضله ها و رگ و پی و خون ازش می زنه بیرون.به نازکی پوست بادکنکی که بادش کرده باشن. من تظاهر می کنم تا از خودم مراقبت کنم.بعضی وقتا.
می خوام خیلی خوب باشم.میخوام خیلی بد باشم.من خوبم.من بدم.من خوبم. من بدم.من خوبم ؟ این سوال که جواب نداره.من خودم نیستم.بعضی وقتا .
شاید همینم که هستم.این همه دو تایی کنار هم.پر از نشون دادن.پر از نشون ندادن.پر از خواستن.پر از نخواستن.من مواظب خودم هستم. من همینم که هستم.من انتخاب می کنم.من تصمیم می گیرم.من ماسک های خودم رو انتخاب می کنم.شاید اینطور به نظر نرسه.ولی من به طرز شرم آوری آزاد هستم.من آزاد هستم.آزاد هم که نباشم زندانی خودم هستم.زندانی ترس های خودم.بعضی وقتا.
من با خودم می جنگم.من از خودم بدم میاد.من از خودم فرار می کنم.من خودم رو دوست دارم.من به خودم یاد می دم.من از خودم بر می گردم.من خودم رو آزاد می کنم.حتی اگر خودم نباشم.بعضی وقتا. 
I Am Not Me.
It’s like taking bandage from a wound. It hurts. It hurts to be yourself or your true self. Every so often.
I am strong. I am not strong. I am strong. I am not strong. I want to be strong. I am afraid. I pretend. I preserve myself . Every so often.
My skin is delicate. My skin is hard. So delicate that with the slightest scratch muscles and veins and blood pours out. As delicate as a balloon that is blown up. I pretend that I take care of myself. Every so often.
I want to be very good. I want to be very bad. I am good. I am bad. I am good. I am bad. Am I good? There is no answer to this question. I am not Me. Every so often.
Maybe I am what I am. These twos next to each other. Full of exhibitionism. Or not. Full of demands. Or not. I take care of myself. I am what I am. I chose. I decide. I chose my own masks. Although it might not appear so. But in a shameful way I am free. I am free. Even if not free I am my own prisoner. Prisoner of my own fears. Every So often.
I fight with myself. I loathe myself. I run from myself. I love myself. I teach myself. I learn from me. I return to me. I release myself. Even if I am Not Me. Every so often.

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