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Crystal Z Campbell, a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts, is a
multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of Black,
Filipinx, and Chinese descents. Campbell finds complexity in public
secrets—fragments of information known by many but undertold or
unspoken. Campbell’s recent works use underloved archival material to
consider historical gaps in the narrative of the 1921 Tulsa Race
Massacre, revisit questions of immortality and medical ethics with
Henrietta Lacks' “immortal” cell line, ponder the role of a political
monument and displacement in a Swedish coastal landscape, and salvage
a 35mm film from a demolished Black activist theater in Brooklyn as a
relic of gentrification.

A featured filmmaker at the 67th Flaherty Film Seminar programmed by
Almudena Escobar López and Sky Hopinka. Campbell’s films and art have
screened and exhibited internationally: MIT List Visual Arts Center,
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, The Drawing
Center, Nest, ICA-Philadelphia, Museum of Modern Art, BLOCK Museum,
REDCAT, Artissima, Studio Museum of Harlem, Bemis, Project Row Houses,
SculptureCenter, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, amongst
others. Campbell’s film REVOLVER received the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival (an Academy Award Qualifying Festival).

Other honors include a 2022 Creative Capital Award, Harvard
Radcliffe Film Study Center & David and Roberta Logie Fellowship,
Pollock-Krasner Award, MAP Fund, MacDowell, Mid-America Arts Alliance,
Skowhegan, Rijksakademie, Whitney ISP, Franklin Furnace, Tulsa Artist
Fellowship, and Black Spatial Relics.

Campbell’s writing is featured in two artist books published by
Visual Studies Workshop Press, World Literature Today, Monday Journal,
GARAGE, and Hyperallergic. Founder of the virtual programming platform, Campbell is currently a Visiting Associate Professor
in Art and Media Study at the University at Buffalo. Campbell lives
and works in New York & Oklahoma.

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