Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of African American, Filipino, and Chinese descent. Campbell engages with material, archival, and sonic traces of the witness through film/video, live performance, installation, sound, painting and texts.
During the Radcliffe fellowship, Campbell is producing an experimental film titled SLICK. Further excavating public secrets, SLICK will center the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the longstanding effects on the City of Tulsa. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre marks one of the most hushed incidents of racially motivated domestic terrorism in the United States, with over 35 blocks of businesses and homes in the predominately Black community of Greenwood destroyed. SLICK will be accompanied by a publication featuring the filmmaker’s research, artwork, notes, and writings, paired with commissioned essays by additional writers.
Campbell exhibits and screens internationally at venues such as Artissima (Italy), the Drawing Center, Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Nest (Netherlands), Project Row Houses, SculptureCenter, Studio Museum Harlem, and Visual Studies Workshop, among others. She has received honors and awards from the Flaherty Film Seminar, the MacDowell Colony, MAP Fund, Mid-America Arts Alliance, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Whitney Independent Study Program.