CAMP is a nonprofit exhibition venue for art discussing questions of displacement, migration, immigration, and asylum. The center is located in Trampoline House, an independent community center in Copenhagen’s northwest district that provides refugees and asylum seekers in Denmark with a place of support, community, and purpose. CAMP produces exhibitions on displacement and migration with renowned international artists as well as less established practitioners, prioritizing artists with refugee or migrant experience.
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 intended to be a platform for artists, whose work represents displaced and migrating people’s experiences and sheds light on the struggles that refugees, asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, trafficked, and enslaved people fight every day. We aim for CAMP to be a space where audiences, both with and without refugee or migrant backgrounds, are able to identify with the living conditions of displaced peoples through art and find inspiration for an alternative refugee, asylum, and migration political agenda.
CAMP’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. 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.
CAMP is realized with support from private sponsors and the following foundations and associations: