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Camille Billops
American Contemporary
American, (1933–2019)
When her daughter Christa was four years old, Camille Billops made the heart-wrenching choice to give her up. Thirty-one years later, Billops produced the film “Finding Christa” about her reunion with her adult daughter.
Billops held a bachelor's degree from Cal State Los Angeles and a masters from City College of New York. After graduating, Billops created both visual art and films throughout her life. Much of her work explored personal and cultural motifs, with an emphasis on examining racism in the United States. For example, she gained critical acclaim with her piece “KKK Boutique” which delved into how racism manifests itself in American citizens.
While she is most known for “Finding Christa,” Billops worked with a variety of mediums, including photography, painting, and prints. She created six films in total, all in collaboration with her husband, James Hatch. She also gained attention for a loft in New York that she filled with artistry and collections of work by Black artists. Up until her passing in 2019, Billops continued to explore complex racial themes in her works.
-Amelie Lee SC ’23, Wilson Arts Administration Intern 2020

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