Wednesday, October 4 | 5:30 PM
Steinberg Hall, Steinberg Auditorium
Steinberg Hall, St. Louis, MO
Multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer Crystal Z Campbell will deliver the fall 2023 Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Teaching Fellow Lecture.
Campbell’s creative research centers public secrets and the underloved, reflected in an archive-driven practice. Informed by rumor and anti-institutional forms of historical transmission alongside gaps in archival repositories and recorded histories, Campbell’s work lends attention to events, places, and people that have been underacknowledged. Campbell’s works on Henrietta Lacks — a Black woman whose cells were taken without consent and became the backbone of the biotech industry via the first immortal cell line — reflect Campbell’s interest in the intersections of perception and the optics of historical transmission. Intrigued by whispers, epigenetics, social and spatial histories, and embodiment as an archival form, Campbell is most known for time-based installations that combine archival traces, strategic opacity, abstraction, and the architectural and site histories of each location.
Image: Ode to the Underloved (featuring REVOLVER), Film Installation at Artists Space, 2023, photo by Destiny Mata
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