Crystal Z


Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer of African-American, Filipino & Chinese descents. Campbell’s practice ruptures collective memory, imagines social transformations, and questions the politics of witnessing using physical archives, online sources, and historical materials. Recent works include a collaboration with a molecular geneticist investigating Henrietta Lacks’ immortal cell line, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, an examination of gentrification via a 35mm film relic salvaged from a now demolished black Civil Rights theater in Brooklyn, and performances that intersect Paul Robeson’s archive, surveillance, and figure drawing. Campbell exhibits internationally: Nest (NL), Drawing Center (US), 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, MacDowell Colony, Skowhegan, Rijksakademie, Whitney ISP, Sommerakademie, Smithsonian Fellowship, Flaherty Film Seminar, and Yaddo. Campbell is a concurrent Drawing Center Open Sessions Fellow and fourth-year Tulsa Artist Fellow, who lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma.