Art Despite Everything

16—25 June 2023

University of Exeter
MA Curation

Transient Lives

Transient Lives is a project consisting of a video installation of the film Promised Land by Damilola Lemomu and an ‘in conversation’ session with the artist at Bookbag about issues of immigration and integration.


Eleanor Lionel is a curator with a special interest in socially conscious contemporary art. Eleanor aims to bring this art to new audiences and to develop interdisciplinary collaborations with people across professions to deliver exhibitions and accompanying workshops and events.


Damilola Lemomu studied at Goldsmiths and is a London-based visual artist. Her work Promised Land was nominated for the Postgraduate Award by Learning on Screen Awards. Damilola is a moving image artist and photographer with a focus on marginalised groups and socio- political issues.

In Promised Land Damilola explores the experience of immigrants from the Commonwealth living in the UK and if it lives up to the stories they were told about the greatness of Britain. Damilola’s award-nominated work weaves together archival research, re-enactments by the descendants of immigrants of oral histories and poetry by Gboyega Odubanjo.

At Bookbag we will delve into the inspiration behind Damilola’s film and her practice more widely. We will discuss the issues surrounding race, reasons for migration, the experience of migrants and how this may differ to the experience of their descendants. Welcoming input from the audience, we will explore if the promises that Britain made have been fulfilled. 

Artist’s talk: Friday 16th June, 6.30-8pm (doors open at 6pm), at Bookbag, 7-10, McCoys Arcade, Fore Street, Exeter, EX4 3AN

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