Radcliffe-FSC Fellow Crystal Z Campbell and former Radcliffe-FSC Fellow Irene Lusztig were recently awarded 2021 Guggenheim Fellowships.
Crystal is a multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of African American, Filipino, and Chinese descents. Campbell finds complexity in public secrets— fragments of information known by many but untold or unspoken.
During the Radcliffe fellowship, Campbell is producing an experimental film titled SLICK. Further excavating public secrets, SLICK will center the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and the longstanding effects on the City of Tulsa. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre marks one of the most hushed incidents of racially motivated domestic terrorism in the United States, with over 35 blocks of businesses and homes in the predominately Black community of Greenwood destroyed. SLICK will be accompanied by a publication featuring the filmmaker’s research, artwork, notes, and writings, paired with commissioned essays by additional writers.
Irene is a filmmaker, visual artist, and archival researcher. Her film and video work mines old images, technologies, and objects for new meanings in order to reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Often beginning with rigorous research in archives, her work brings historical materials into conversation with the present day, inviting viewers to explore historical spaces as a way to contemplate larger questions of politics, ideology, and the production of personal, collective, and national memories.