Futures For Failures

Crystal Z Campbell

2011 | 00:01:01 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | Film

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: African-American, Architecture, Death and Dying, History, Memory

Futures for Failures is a double narrative of failure: architectural and social. Archival footage from a demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe building in St. Louis manifests as the materialization of modernity’s failure. Meanwhile, an intimate voiceover recounts a moment of laughter erupting during a stranger’s funeral, staging anachronous conversation between the disappeared and the disappearing.

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Studio Museum of Harlem
Harlem, NYC, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

Semana de Cinema Negro, Belo Horizonte, BR 2023 

Reassemblage Collective, Toronto, Canada 2022 

Crystal Z Campbell: from the corner of my eye, Hartnett Gallery, Rochester, NY 2021 

Cinema of Breath 2021 

An Ordinary Day Film Festival, Galleri Studio 44, Stockholm, SE 2019 

Urban Renewal: Emanuel Almborg + Crystal Z Campbell, Light Work Urban Video Project, Syracuse, NY 2018 

Skowhegan, Cabinet, NY, NY, 2013 

1646 Gallery, Den Haag, NL, 2012 

Fore, Curated by Lauren Haynes, Naima J. Keith and Thomas J. Lax, Harlem, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY 2012