Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer of African-American, Filipino, & Chinese descents. Campbell's practice is an excavation of public secrets, shared as performance, installation, sound, paintings, and film/video. Recent works include extractions of unsettled historical narratives including connotations of value around Henrietta Lacks' immortal cell line; a 35mm movie film salvaged from a now demolished black civil rights theater in Brooklyn as a relic of gentrification; and a current long-term project around the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Politics of witnessing and perception are explored through combinations of archival research, rumor, found footage, constructed imagery, and site history.
Campbell exhibits internationally: The Drawing Center (US), Nest (Netherlands), ICA-Philadelphia (US), Artissima (IT), Studio Museum of Harlem (US), Project Row Houses (US), and SculptureCenter (US), amongst others. Selected honors include: Pollock-Krasner Award, MAP Fund, MacDowell Colony, Skowhegan, Rijksakademie, Whitney ISP, and Flaherty Film Seminar. Campbell is a concurrent Drawing Center Open Sessions Fellow and fourth-year Tulsa Artist Fellow, who lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma.