A “love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration,” is how writer Susan Sontag described the concept of “camp,” which forms the red thread running through this exhibition from the Julia Stoschek Collection.
“Camp” is an exaggerated kind of perception that emerged in the course of aestheticism and dandyism. “Camp” first came into being at the turn of the 20th century and peaked in the 1950s and 1960s.
A key starting point for the exhibition, and one of immense historical importance, is the work of US artist, performer and underground filmmaker Jack Smith (born in 1932, died in 1989); his scandal-sparking film Flaming Creatures (1962/63) is the source of the title of the new presentation.
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