2 February - 2 March 2018

The Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) is proud to present an installation and screening of Go-Rilla Means War by artist and writer Crystal Z Campbell. Featuring 35mm footage salvaged from a now demolished black civil rights theater in Brooklyn, New York, Go-Rilla Means War is an experimental short that merges fact and fiction. The film is a relic of gentrification, and highlights the complex intersections of development, cultural preservation, and erasure in the form of an intricately woven parable and celluloid frames weathered by decades of urban neglect.

Crystal Z Campbell is an interdisciplinary artist and writer of African-American, Filipino, and Chinese descents. Campbell combines physical archives, found objects, and internet sources while questioning the politics of the witness. Campbell exhibits internationally and has been resident at Skowhegan, Whitney ISP, MacDowell, Smithsonian Museum, and Tulsa Artist Fellowship.

VSW Gallery, 31 Prince St, Rochester, New York 14607
85 442 8676

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Crystal Z Campbell is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:

Image Credit:
Crystal Z Campbell, Go-Rilla Means War, 19'03" Minute 35mm Film Transferred to Digital, 4-Channel Sound, Vinyl Text, Light Box, Theater Seating, 2018.
Film Installation Detail at Visual Studies Workshop Gallery, Rochester, New York.
Image is courtesy of Artist Crystal Z Campbell and the Visual Studies Workshop Gallery, Rochester, New York.

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