Barat Ali Batoor, The Unseen Road to Asylum, 2013.
Barat Ali Batoor, The Unseen Road to Asylum, 2013

Migration Politics:
Three CAMP exhibitions at the SMK

A three-part exhibition focusing 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 exhibitions are curated by CAMP / Center for Art on Migration Politics, Scandinavia's only venue for migration-oriented art.

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.

Practical information

Opening hours
Tuesdays – Sundays 11–17
Wednesdays 11–20
Mondays closed

Admission fee
Adults: DKK 110
Under 30: DKK 85
Under 18: Free
1 adult + 1 child: DKK 90
Annual pass holders: Free

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Dady de Maximo: If the Sea Could Talk, 2014. Fashion show consisting of 4 x collections presented during the opening of CAMP (Center for Art on Migration Politics), Copenhagen, April 17, 2015, 45 min.
Courtesy the artist (Photo: Alba Oren).

About 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. CAMP is located in the independent community centre for refugees and asylum seekers, Trampoline House, in the Northwest district of Copenhagen.

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.

The exhibition is supported by Images 2016 and is directed and curated by CAMP (Frederikke Hansen & Tone Olaf Nielsen).

The exhibition venue CAMP produces exhibitions that emphasise artistic reflections on displacement, borders, refugee and migrant administration, deportation, and visions for alternative migration and refugee politics.

Deportation Regime

CAMP opens a new exhibition about forced deportation on September 9.

Images 16

Images presents contemporary art from Africa, Asia and the Middle East.



Download the exhibition catalogue or get it for free at the exhibition.

The SMK wishes to thank 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, Migreurop, Welcome to Europe, Trampoline House Women's Club in collaboration with Bridge Radio and Blake Shaw, and Frederikke Hansen & Tone Olaf Nielsen.

Thank you for your support

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Pictures from Syria

In addition to the works of the 14 artists mentioned above, the exhibition displays 10 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.

Asmik Shaginjan
(Tiffany Chung – kortlægningsprojekt med eleverfra Røde Kors flygtningeskole).

Asmik tegnede et kort over Armenien. Tallene på kortet henviser til en kirke fra det pågældende århundrede. Selv om hun er født i Rusland føler hun en stærk tilknytning til Armenien, fordi hendes bedstemor blev født der.

Marker og tusch på kalkerpapir
Venligst udlånt fra Louisiana Learning

Foto: Lie Ali Chayder

Baraa Ammaral Toameh
(Tiffany Chung - Mapping project with refugee students from Red Cross school)

Baraa created a map of Syria. She wrote: “Aleppo was one of the most beautiful towns in Syria and the war began to destroy it. Tadmur (yellow) is the desert of Syria. Damascus and Idlib look like each other, because I was living in those two cities. The upper east part, Al Quaramish, is in red and dark, because I want to explain about the darkness in this city and also the bombing of Hama…”

Pen, felt pen, markers and enamel dot stickers on vellum paper
Courtesy Louisiana Learning

Photo: Lie Ali Chayder 

Mohammad Zamani
(Tiffany Chung - Mapping project with refugee students from Red Cross school)

Mohammad drew a map of Afghanistan. He uses colours to make ”feeling-lines” – It is ”bad feeling until he reaches Germany, then it will be good feeling...”

Felt pen and marker on vellum paper
Courtesy Louisiana Learning

Photo: Lie Ali Chayder