#QueeringTheMuseum celebrates CAMP! From RuPaul’s Drag Race to The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s spring exhibition, “Camp: Notes on Fashion”, camp is having a moment.
The term’s origins are disputed. Some say it may have arisen from the French term “se camper”, meaning pose in an exaggerated fashion. Cultural critic Susan Sontag focussed a spotlight on the term in a 1964 essay, noting that “Camp is a certain mode of aestheticism. It is one way of seeing the world as an aesthetic phenomenon”. Writer and critic Moe Meyer reminded us of camp’s queer roots in his 1994 book The Politics and Poetics of Camp, defining it as “strategies and tactics of queer parody”. Some say there’s a little bit of camp in everything if you look hard enough.
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