3915. Upfest 2021 75×75 (54)

You can always expect the unexpected from Diff, and this imaginative piece for Upfest’s 75 walls in 75 days summer event, is definitely on the creative end of the spectrum of amazing pieces we have witnessed over the last few months. The Tobacco Factory is always a central venue for Upfest, and this piece is set behind one of the gates at the side entrance alongside the car parking bays.

Diff, Raleigh Road, Bristol August 2021, Upfest 21
Diff, Raleigh Road, Bristol August 2021, Upfest 21

Diff has cleverly painted that most iconic of items, namely Scrabble letters, and stacked them to spell out RACISM.  The piece, set behind the gate, is chilling, powerful and impactful. It is funny how just the work can conjure up so many images, and when framed like this becomes a talking point. This commentary piece is one of the more thought-provoking from the event, but also one that might be hidden from the general passer-by. Excellent work from Diff, beautifully executed.