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Migration Politics: Three CAMP exhibitions at the SMK

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A three-part exhibition guest curated by CAMP for the SMK: National Gallery of Denmark. The exhibition focuses on refugees, borders, and asylum seeking seen through works by a range of artists from Denmark and abroad – most of them hailing from migrant or refugee backgrounds.

The exhibition Migration Politics: Three CAMP exhibitions at the SMK presents works that address structural issues concerning migration and displacement, portraying personal experiences of migrating and being displaced.

The works are created by fourteen artists, artist groups and social networks that originate from many different places in the world. Most of them have first-hand experience of displacement, asylum seeking, and migration.

The exhibition

The exhibition re-establishes three exhibitions originally created by and for CAMP: Camp Life; from the mountains to the valleys, from the deserts to the seas: journeys of historical uncertainty; and The Dividing Line.

The SMK’s decision to invite CAMP to present their exhibitions within a national gallery setting rests on a wish to support CAMP’s ambition of using art to facilitate deeper insight into the lives and situations of displaced and migrating people, discussing them in relation to the overall factors that cause displacement and migration. By presenting the exhibitions at the SMK, the museum wishes to help them reach even wider audiences.

Concurrently with the exhibition, CAMP will also present its fourth exhibition at the CAMP venue in Trampoline House. Titled Deportation Regime: Artistic responses to state practices and lived experience of forced removal, the exhibition explores the politics of forced deportation as a state practice and as a personal experience.

Pictures from Syria

In addition to the works of the contributing 14 artists, the exhibition displays ten maps from a workshop by the Vietnamese-American artist Tiffany Chung. Inspired by Chung's method, young students from a Red Cross school drew their own maps, reflecting their own dreams and stories.

The workshop was held at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in 2016 as part of an education- and research project for refugee children and young refugee students called Travelling with Art. A project that since 2011 has been supported by the Ole Kirk Foundation and the Knud Højgaards Foundation.

> See Tiffany Chung talk about the Maps of Memory project on Louisiana Channel.


Contributing artists

Barat Ali Batoor
Ursula Biemann
Castaway Souls of Sjælsmark
Chieh-jen Chen
Tiffany Chung
Nermin Durakovic
David Fedele
Nanna Katrine Hansen
Murtaza Ali Jafari
George Kurian
Dady de Maximo
Trampoline House Women’s Club in collaboration with The Bridge Radio and Blake Shaw
Welcome to Europe


The exhibition is generously supported by Images 2016.