Crystal Z Campbell


Photo by Jeremy Charles

Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of Black, Filipinx, and Chinese descent. Campbell’s works use underloved archival material to examine omissions in the historical record including the narrative of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, questions of immortality and medical ethics with regard to Henrietta Lacks’s “immortal” cell line, and gentrification via a 35mm film relic salvaged from a demolished Black activist theater in Brooklyn. Campbell has received awards and fellowships from Light Work, Creative Capital, the Guggenheim Foundation, Harvard Radcliffe, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the MAP Fund, Franklin Furnace, MacDowell, Skowhegan, the Rijksakademie, and the Whitney Independent Study Program. Exhibitions and screenings of their work have taken place at the Artists Space, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Drawing Center, ICA Philadelphia, REDCAT, Artissima, the Studio Museum of Harlem, Project Row Houses, SculptureCenter, Cinemigrante, EMPAC, and DocLisboa. Campbell was a featured filmmaker at the 67th Flaherty Film Seminar, and their film REVOLVER received the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival and was featured in the 2023 Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) Expanded Film Forum. Campbell is currently a visiting associate professor of art and media study at the University at Buffalo and lives between New York and Oklahoma.

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