To Us It Just Looks Like A Lemon is a collection of reflections on the Mayflower and other colonial strategies, and is the outcome of Holly Graham‘s residency at Southwark Park Galleries in 2019. Pulling together her ongoing research into histories and legacies of sugar, the use of food as a tool for tracing migratory routes and contemporary stories of migration, Graham navigates these choppy seas with a critical eye and a desire to acknowledge the colonial contexts of the Mayflower story.
Her residency in our Bermondsey Bothy generated interviews with local people and workshops with young refugees and asylum seekers, that examined local oral history, recipe sharing and story-telling, and resulted in the production of a collective recipe zine.
Holly Graham is a London-based artist, working predominantly with print and audio. Much of her work looks at ways in which memory and narrative shape collective histories. Holly undertook her BFA at Oxford University in 2012 and graduated from MA Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2014. Recent exhibitions and projects include: #FridayFact, Goldsmiths CCA, Online (2020); On Board II, Art Licks & Espacio Vista, Madrid (2019); BOUNDS, Skelf, Online (2019); The Oval Window, Gerald Moore Gallery, London (2019); The Romance of Flowers, Kingsgate Projects, London (2018); Common Third, Copperfield, London (2018); Carefully Cleansed of Labour and Softened by Cooking, Compressor, London (2018); Sweet Swollen, Jerwood Visual Arts: Project Space, London (2018). Holly is Head of Artist Development at Turf Projects, Croydon, and is Co-Founder of Cypher BILLBOARD, London.
‘To Us It Just Looks Like A Lemon’ is commissioned by Southwark Park Galleries and generously supported by the Southwark Mayflower 400 Grants Fund from Southwark Council, British Land and United St Saviours; and with huge thanks to our friends at Bosco Centre.