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Cedar Lewisohn, Wishes And Hopes For 2019

Cedar Lewisohn, Wishes And Hopes For 2019

As we draw closer to the new year we’ve asked a very special guest every day to take a moment to reflect on 2018 and to tell us about one photograph that best captures the year for them. It’s a box of treats to surprise you with every day – and conjure our hopes and wishes for 2019. This is our way of sharing the sweetness of the season and of saying ‘Thank You’ to you for inspiring us throughout the year.

Today’s special guest:

Cedar Lewisohn, writer, artist, lecturer and curator based in London, author of Street Art: The Graffiti Revolution and Abstract Graffiti

From Tidemill Eviction Notes:

“Hold the line, hold the line.” The police keep screaming, as if they are some type of military platoon.

“Power to the people!!!” The protesters chant in reply.

I’m in the middle of it. People pushing and shoving all around me. The strong smell of sweat and beer in the air.

I see a placard “GREEN SPACE MATTERS”

“No justice, no peace, fuck the police!
No justice, no peace, fuck the police!
No justice, no peace, fuck the police!
No justice, no peace, fuck the police!”

The chant rings out then fades away.

It’s a bright crisp afternoon in Deptford, South East London. I push my way to the front of the scrum, so I’m facing the line of police and bailiffs. In the mix, I overhear various conversations between protesters and police.

“We can enforce common law or breach of the peace” I hear a policeman explaining. It’s strange, how polite the police are being. Less than two hours ago, there had been violent confrontations.

A tiny squawk of a chant starts up.

“Let him free…. let him free….” Its barely audible, but the crowd pick up on it and soon it’s a booming demand..


The dynamics of protests and the possibilities of civil unrest have always fascinated me. My local council, Lewisham, are spending hundreds of thousands of pounds to clear a small piece of parkland, so new flats can be built. But local residents are unhappy with the plans. It’s gentrification and bad for the environment and air pollution they say. More and more it seems everyone is involved in some type of protest, one way or another. This is the world that’s emerged in 2018.

“His only crime is protecting trees” Screams a voice. It’s the same one that started the “let him free” chant.

“If you charge again, we are going to have start arresting people.”

“We are peaceful people, we are not criminals” comes the reply.

My hope for the future? I just hope there is a future.

~ Cedar Lewisohn 2018

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Photo credit: Ben Graville

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BSA Film Friday: 07.31.15

BSA Film Friday: 07.31.15

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Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening :

1. eL Seed in London
2. Amo-Te Lisboa: An Ignominious Street Art Movie (Trailer) 2015
3. Wall Therapy 2015: A Teaser
4. Face Time: Various & Gould in Berlin
5. Lurky Wolfpack: The Lurkers


BSA Special Feature: eL Seed in London

In town for the Shubbak Festival, London’s largest biennial festival of contemporary Arab culture, Parisian/Tunisian artist eL Seed creates a wall using his distinctive blending of Arabic and graffiti lettering.

Here an added dimension to his practice is revealed as you listen to a political blogger and patron describe the context of a rise in graffiti in the Middle East in the last few years. Similarly you can gain a quick appreciation for the art and the history of the Arabic calligraphic script and how eL Seed adapts it to convey a deliberate textural message as a highly ornamental mandela on a busy London street.

The site is the Village Underground and the video’s producer Mr. Cedar Lewisohn.


Amo-Te Lisboa: An Ignominious Street Art Movie (Trailer) 2015

“This Street Art thing is a mountain of soft-boiled shit,” says Txakurra, the wizard-like dragon seer who admonishes the boys from Cane Morto for wasting their painting talents on mere mural making. To make amends he sends them on a mission to Lisboa where they promise to do illegal works of art and possibly, to regain their endangered souls. Let’s see a show of hands for people who can’t wait to see this movie!


Wall Therapy 2015: A Teaser

Wall Therapy is wrapped for this session, but the videos will keep coming all through August, so keep your eyes on this space. You can also see more of the images in our piece this week for BSA and The Huffington Post


Face Time: Various & Gould in Berlin

You read our posting when it first went up (“Face Time” with Various & Gould in Berlin) – now you can see the video!


Lurky Wolfpack: The Lurkers

The troublemaking Lurkers are back with their street meat interludes, rhyming sessions at the home made studio, and drop dead gorgeous lady friends looking at you as if they wished you would drop dead.

“Sarajevo based Grime collective Lurky Wolfpack bring to you their hotly anticipated street banger ‘Eastern Block Anthem’.”


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BSA Film Friday 09.27.13

BSA Film Friday 09.27.13



Our weekly focus on the moving image and art in the streets. And other oddities.

Now screening: Graphic Surgery for “The Canals Project“, OLEK inRussia’s PRIDE“, Team OBEY Visits FAILE,  STREET ART BRAZIL via Frankfurt, and M-City in Paris.

BSA Special Feature: Graphic Surgery
for “
The Canals Project

Erris Huigens and Gysbert Zijlstra, artists from Amsterdam who together are called Graphic Surgery, work here in the industrial fields along the waterway near London’s site of the Olympics last year.  The primary audience will mostly be floating by in this area once known for local spontaneous Street Art and now curated, and Graphic Surgery’s silhouetted geometrics will be sharply cutting as you pass, minimal and constructivist while you propel through the rippling canal. All the mirroring and refracting of angles and shapes are flattened momentarily, wavering and ricocheting off and with their surroundings in black and white.

As they speak the two artists take you with them to see how it is done, and how it is inspired – capturing the lines and the physical context of placement with intention while their intersections with modernism and industry are distilled.

Graphic Surgery: The Canals Project.  London 2013. Produced by Cedar Lewisohn.

OLEK “Russia’s PRIDE”

A new video documenting Street Artist Olek as she did a public art installation in St. Petersberg last week. You can also read her interview this week with BSA here: OLEK Interview and Exclusive Photos “From Russia With Pride”.


Team OBEY Visits Team FAILE

A quick look inside Faile’s studio as they prepare for their currently running show at Dallas Contemporary museum.


Ending today the Schrirn Kunsthalle has been showcasing the diversity of Brazilian graffiti art as Brazil was the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair.



M-City In Paris: Interview

A relaxed look at stencil Street Artist M-City as he completes a huge wall in central Paris, followed by an interview at Itinerrance Gallery by Chrixcel.

With special thanks to

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