CAMP is a nonprofit exhibition space for art discussing questions of displacement, migration, immigration, and asylum. The center is located in Trampoline House, an independent community center in Copenhagen that provides refugees and asylum seekers in Denmark with a place of support, community, and purpose.
CAMP produces exhibitions, events, publications, and education programs about migration and the questions this phenomena gives rise to today. The center works with renowned international artists as well as less established practitioners, most with refugee or migrant experience, and has gained international recognition for breaking new ground in exhibiting and communicating art that makes the human and societal challenges posed by migration present and relatable.
CAMP takes its point of departure in the fact that more people than ever before are displaced from their homes because of climate change, war, conflict, persecution, and poverty. The center works to increase insight into the life situations of displaced and migrant persons, and to discuss these in relation to the overall factors that cause displacement and migration. The objective is, through art, to stimulate greater understanding between displaced people and the communities that receive them – and to stimulate new visions for a more inclusive and equitable migration, refugee, and asylum policy.
CAMP is the first center of its kind in Scandinavia and is directed as a self-governing institution by Danish curators Frederikke Hansen and Tone Olaf Nielsen, who also founded the center in 2015. The center’s name refers to the nation-state’s perhaps most extreme responses to human migration: the refugee camp, the asylum center, and the detention center.