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Humanities Institute/Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program Film Series: Works by Crystal Z Campbell and Abdi Osman

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Still image from On the Way to the Moon, We Discovered the Earth.

Presented by the UB Humanities Institute in collaboration with the UB Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program, in conjunction with Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.

Please join us for a screening of shorts by UB faculty members Crystal Z Campbell (Visiting Associate Professor, Art and Media Study) and Abdi Osman (Assistant Professor of Practice, Art) with a post-screening conversation featuring the filmmakers. FREE and open to the public.

6:00 pm | Reception | complimentary food by Moneybags Dumplings with cash beer & wine bar benefiting Hallwalls

7:00 pm | Screenings with Q+A/conversation following:

  • On the Way to the Moon, We Discovered the Earth (Crystal Campbell, 2018, 9’29” mins.)
  • REVOLVER (Crystal Campbell, 2022, 17’27” mins.)
  • Black Queer Affection 1 (Abdi Osman, 2013, 3’11” mins.)
  • Black Queer Affection 3 (Abdi Osman, 2014, 9’30” mins.)
  • Gardens of the Mediterranean (Abdi Osman, 2018, 14’01” mins.)
  • Sign of the Times (Abdi Osman, 2022, 4’08” mins.)

About Crystal Z Campbell

Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist, experimental filmmaker, and writer of Black, Filipinx, and Chinese descents whose works center the underloved. Working through archives and omissions, Campbell finds complexity in public secrets—fragments of information known by many but undertold or unspoken. Select honors include a Creative Capital award, Guggenheim Fellowship, Harvard Radcliffe Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Award, MacDowell, Skowhegan, Rijksakademie, and Whitney ISP. Campbell was a featured filmmaker at the 67th Flaherty Film Seminar, and other works have screened or exhibited at SFMOMA, Drawing Center, ICA-Philadelphia, Artists Space, MOMA, and Block Museum amongst other venues. Their short film, REVOLVER, received the Silver Hugo at the Chicago International Film Festival and was featured in the Berlinale Expanded Film Forum. Founder of, Campbell’s writing is featured in two artist books published by Visual Studies Workshop Press, and contributions to World Literature Today, Monday Journal, GARAGE, Hyperallergic, and Beacon Press. Campbell is currently a Visiting Associate Professor of Art and Media Study at the University at Buffalo who lives between New York and Oklahoma.

About Abdi Osman

Abdi Osman is a Somali Canadian multidisciplinary artist based in Buffalo, New York, whose work focuses on questions of Black masculinity as it intersects with Muslim, queer and trans identities. For more than twenty years, Osman’s practice has been concerned with representing and complicating the gaps evident in hegemonic or normative representations of Black/African peoples to unsettle and broaden ideas about what Blackness is, was, and can be. He has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions, biennale, festivals, screenings, and programs across North America and internationally. Most recently, Osman was a Fellow at the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto.


February 7
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Humanities Institute
Distinguished Visiting Scholars Program


Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center
341 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY United States
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