Crystal Z Campbell, SIGHT – Get Out Buffalo

Fri 22 Apr
5:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m.

Crystal Z Campbell’s multidisciplinary practice centers on public secrets, or information known to many and yet underestimated and under-told. Campbell’s experimental film VIEWFINDER was shot entirely in the resort town of Varberg, Sweden, and features recent migrants to Sweden. This immersive cinematic installation draws inspiration from Swedish folk tales, gestures and movements to explore belonging, alliance and monuments. If our bodies are archives, what is the currency of place, of movement, of memory?

Crystal Z Campbell (they/them) is currently a 2021–22 UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholar, multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of Black, Filipino, and Chinese ancestry. Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts 2021 and Creative Capital Awardee 2022, their archival-based work in film/video, performance, installation, sound, painting and text, has been exhibited and screened at the Drawing Center, ICA-Philadelphia, Bemis, Studio Museum of Harlem, MOMA, SculptureCenter, SFMOMA, and an upcoming screening at the National Gallery of Art.

The film was co-produced with the support of Art Inside Out in Sweden, and the installation was originally commissioned by the Springfield Museum of Art in Missouri.

PHOTO CREDIT: still from the film by VIEWFINDER, Crystal Z Campbell, copyright 2020, digital video, stereo sound, 18’26” minutes

This exhibition is co-presented by Buffalo Arts Studio Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center.

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