Camp Pop-up Gallery & Shop / by Ambivalently Yours

CAMP pop-up gallery and shop
July 2nd - July 29, 2016
4334 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2J 2K8

“Camp taste is a kind of love, love for human nature. It relishes, rather than judges, the little triumphs and awkward intensities of “character.” … Camp taste identifies with what it is enjoying. People who share this sensibility are not laughing at the thing they label as “a camp,” they’re enjoying it. Camp is a tender feeling.”

- Notes On “Camp” by Susan Sontag, Published in 1964.

Camp is a place, a verb, an adjective. It’s playful and nostalgic, it’s always elsewhere and temporary. Removed from the predictability of daily life, Camp allows us to step out of our routines and approach issues as an altered and sometimes more audacious version of ourselves. 


What happens when art and activism go to Camp? Is the work more daring and open when displaced into a collectively ephemeral state? Can serious action and ideas emerge from the light-hearted spirit of a camp-inspired setting? It is these ideas that we will explore at Camp, our month-long pop-up event hosted in the heart of the Montreal summer heat. Co-curated by artists Starchild StelaLaurence Philomene and Ambivalently Yours, this art exhibition, shop and workshop series aims to highlight the work of artists who were born to be Camp stars. The exhibition will be divided into two acts, the first will showcase the work of a curated group of artists exploring ideas of Camp and the second will celebrate all of our femme-inspired friendships. All of the artists involved in this event came together through the concept of Camp, be it online (a digital equivalent to camp, with its detachment from reality and playful nature) or through their art. 

With Camp, we aim to create a space of our own, where soft femme sentiment and unapologetic feminist fury can comfortably coexist. Our Camp is a place where everything thought of as frivolous and fleeting suddenly has the potential to be radical and everlasting. 

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