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from the mountains to the valleys, from the deserts to the seas: journeys of historical uncertainty


CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics) is proud to present a solo exhibition by one of Vietnam’s most respected artists, Tiffany Chung. from the mountains to the valleys, from the deserts to the seas: journeys of historical uncertainty presents a series of recent and new works made especially for CAMP, which explore different aspects of the politics of displacement and flight. 

With a glass installation of mass migrating animals, a lightbox installation about the destructive powers of war, and a new series of cartographic drawings mapping areas of conflict and disaster, internally displaced persons, and migration routes, Chung unpacks the many causes and effects of displacement and helps us understand the current refugee crisis. This is the first time that Chung, who is currently featured in the Venice Biennale and has refugee experience herself, is showing her work in Denmark.

Opening program: 

5:15–5:25 pm: Welcome by CAMP’s directors
5:25–5:45 pm: Artist talk by Tiffany Chung
5:45–6 pm: Haifaa Awad (physician, debater, activist, writer) reads from her books A Physician’s Diary from Syria (2013) and I no longer recognize my Denmark (2015) about her two stays as a volunteering physician in Syria, and discusses what the Syrians are fleeing from
6–6:15 pm: Nagieb Khaja (reporter, filmmaker) shows a clip from his film The Forgotten Families of War (2014) that portrays an internally displaced family in Afghanistan
6:15–7:15 pm: Exhibition viewing and soup kitchen
7:15–8 pm: Concert with the drum orchestra Tamala that plays drum music from West Africa
8–11 pm: Bar & Dancing w/ DJ Kipanga

The exhibition is accompanied by a free educational booklet (available as download from the website), weekly guided tours on Saturdays from 3–4 pm by a team of guides from the Trampoline House community, and on November 6, 4–6 pm, a debate meeting where artists and filmmakers discuss ethical boundaries for the representation of war, migration, and refugeehood.

The exhibition is curated by the artist in collaboration with CAMP’s directors and makes up the second exhibition in the center’s two-year exhibition program Migration Politics. The program traces artistic responses to displacement, borders, camp life, undocumented migration, deportation, and visions for alternative migration and refugee policies. 

Tiffany Chung: from the mountains to the valleys, from the deserts to the seas: journeys of historical uncertainty (2013). Courtesy the artist

Tiffany Chung: from the mountains to the valleys, from the deserts to the seas: journeys of historical uncertainty (2013). Courtesy the artist

CAMP and from the mountains to the valleys, from the deserts to the seas: journeys of historical uncertainty are supported by The Danish Arts Council / Knud Højgaards Fond / City of Copenhagen: The Culture and Leisure Committee / City of Copenhagen: The Visual Arts Committee / Billedkunstnernes Forbund / Migrationspolitisk Pulje