SLICK is a series of traveling videos, live performances, workshops and a publication fictionalizing historical narratives around Tulsa’s former Black Wall Street Community (Greenwood), the remaining thirteen historically Black towns of Oklahoma, and the story of oil. Using historical archives, live performances, and fiction, SLICK forges conversation about the possibilities of a racial utopia complicated by mineral and resource extraction upon which the state Oklahoma was founded, and if utopia ever was, or will be.
Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist and writer of African-American, Filipino & Chinese descents who excavates public secrets through performance, sound, and film. Campbell’s work reimagines the politics of witnessing. Campbell has exhibited internationally at Nest (Netherlands), 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, and Flaherty Film Seminar. Campbell is a concurrent Drawing Center Open Sessions Fellow and fourth-year Tulsa Artist Fellow, who lives and works in Tulsa, Oklahoma.