Crystal Z Campbell is an interdisciplinary artist and writer of African-American, Filipino, and Chinese descents. Campbell uses the internet as material, framing it as a space in which everything and nothing can be erased. What future narratives might these digital legacies reveal? Frequently combining physical archives, found objects, and internet sources with fact and fiction, Campbell has recently developed projects centering Henrietta Lacks' immortal cell line, the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, and gentrification via a 35mm film salvaged from a now demolished black Civil Rights theater in Brooklyn. Campbell’s work lingers in the space between perception and cognition while questioning the veracity of narrative and the politics of witnessing.
Campbell's work has been exhibited and screened internationally at ICA Philadelphia (US), Artericambi (IT), Artissima (IT), Studio Museum of Harlem (US), Project Row Houses in Texas (US), De Appel Arts Centre (NL), and SculptureCenter (US) amongst others. Selected honors and awards include MacDowell Colony Pollock-Krasner Award, Skowhegan, Rijksakademie van beeldende Kunsten, Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program Van Lier Fellowship, Sommerakademie Paul Klee, Smithsonian Fellowship, and Yaddo. Campbell is a currently a second-year Tulsa Artist Fellow.