A Meditation on Nature in the Absence of an Eclipse

Crystal Z Campbell

2017 | 00:08:12 | United States | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: New Releases, Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Body, Environment, Health

A Meditation on Nature in the Absence of an Eclipse is a poetic glimpse into the ways centuries of extraction, racism, pollution, and nature's commodification have altered our relationship to sacred land, water, and resources. A constellation of intersecting histories and source material include testimony from a Water Protector at Standing Rock protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, contaminated water in Flint Michigan, and original footage of Hierve el Agua near Oaxaca, Mexico, a rock formation revered for its healing properties. Interspersed are archival images of gardens, hands of artists and children brushing their teeth—a reflection on the innocuous ways in which contaminated water and resources shape the banal rituals of individuals' lives. A watermark on the image extends the water spill, branding testimony and blocking access, ultimately deciding who will control critical narratives of environmental racism and discourse. 

Originally commissioned by Wave Hill Public Garden & Cultural Center, the work was made in 2017 and reedited in 2020.

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Prizes + Awards

DUKE University, Archive of Documentary Arts 2021-2022 Collection Award


Call & Response, Wave Hill Public Garden
Bronx, NY

Exhibitions + Festivals

Everson Museum with Lightwork’s Urban Video Project, Syracuse, NY, 2024 

Light Matter Film Festival, Alfred, NY 2022 

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO 2022 

Block Museum Cinema, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 2022 

Reassemblage Collective, Toronto, Canada 2022 

67th Flaherty Film Seminar, Hamilton, NY 2022 

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NY, NY 2022 

National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC 2022 

DUKE University, Archive of Documentary Arts 2021-2022 Collection Award 

DocLisboa (with UnionDocs), Lisbon, PT 2021