Hollywood House

Cedar Lewisohn presents a new series of drawings that explore architectural scenes from the area of social housing where the exhibition takes place, also including images from Lewisham in South London were the artist lives.


Juxtaposed with the architectural imagery are various figures from the Benin collections at the British Museum. The characters from Benin are often holding knives or weapons. The mixing of 21 century London, and relief sculptures from the 16th century can be seen a comment on urban environments and their effect on our contemporary psyche, with particular reference to the black male body. The works seek to question media and government statements about UK knife crime, and knife crime in London, with particular reference to recent condemnation of the music genre “Drill”.

The exhibition title, Hollywood House, is a direct reference to Thomas Hollywood House, the 1960’s tower block where the exhibition will take place.

The project will be for one night only, and will also include a Jamaican Ital soup, made from a recipe provided by Cedar in collaboration with chef The White Brothers.

Cedar Lewisohn is an artist, curator and writer. He has worked on many museum projects in UK and internationally. His work is in various private and public collections. His most recent solo exhibitions include Exeter Phoenix (UK), and Joey Ramone Gallery, Rotterdam (NL)

LUVA (Lock Up Visual Art) is a gallery, experiment, social hub and activist moment. Open for just one day a month and situated in a lock up garage on the Approach council estate in East London, LUVA is dedicated to exhibiting diverse contemporary UK artists. Co-run by Jordan McKenzie and students from Central Saint Martins College of Art, LUVA asks critical questions about the contexts that contemporary art exists within, its relationship to the geographical/economic/social and cultural space (the estate) that it occupies and how cultural institutions can have meaningful dialogues with both local and non-local audiences. Located in Tower Hamlets (one of the poorest boroughs in the UK) LUVA also acts as a food bank collection point, providing material support to the community that it is situated within.

Cedar Lewisohnis

Opening Times
Event: Thursday 6 December, 6-9pm

Behind James Campbell House
E2 9QE