Preach R Sun is a U.S. based conjurer and 'fugitivist' – "implementing social issues and political activism as performance matters". He is essentially, an activist using performance art. He most often works on the street with guerilla actions, but also in festivals and galleries. He uses performance and video as tools for social change – to further his mission of liberation. His work reflects his background of growing up as the son of a minister, and his training in dance, theater and the fine arts. In his own words, “Freedom is my creative praxis. As such my work serves as an investigative inquiry into the nature and limits of human freedom. Thus, the work should (both) provoke questions regarding our perceptions of freedom, while also demonstrating the strength and agency of individual action – pushing limits, challenging boundaries, and negating ALL ‘BLOCKS.’ I believe such action is not only inspirational, but instrumentally essential in galvanizing society towards the effort of TRUE liberation that brings into being universal freedom and humanity.”
Preach R Sun’s performance credits include Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), Dixon Place (NYC), Theater for the New City (NYC), The Producers Club (NYC), MoMA (NYC) and Mobius (Cambridge, Mass). Video documentation of his 2014 Ferguson performance protest action (Crucifixion of Kneeling Man) was featured, as part of the RESPOND exhibit, at Smack Mellon Gallery (Brooklyn, NY). He’s also presented installation work at JACK (Brooklyn NY), in collaboration with SHPC (Social Health Performance Club), as part of the Forward Ferguson series/initiative. In 2015 he was in a month long residency – Body Count Collectives, Black Seed project – with fellow artist/collaborator Yon Tande at Spread Art (Detroit, MI). He also performed in the 2016 Venice International Performance Art Week (Venice Italy).
Sun will also be performing a new durational action (Lord of the Flies: Coronation) at the upcoming 2017 Fierce Festival in Birmingham, England.
His public guerrilla interventions/actions have been executed both nationally and internationally, at locations such as, Trump Towers (NYC), Wall Street (NYC), Abyssinian Baptist Church (Harlem NY), St. Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC), Detroit Fist Monument (Detroit, MI), Ferguson Mo. at both, the site of Michael Brown’s memorial – the founding performance for Body Count Collective BCC (w/ Yon Tande and Lisa Lewis) – and the Ferguson Police Station. In the summer of 2016 he performed a public action on Staten Island – commemorating the murder of Eric Garner. (The 3 hour long durational procession, which began on Staten Island Ferry, lead to the site of Eric Garner’s execution and culminated at Staten Island’s 120th Police Precinct.) Also in 2016 – as part of his weeklong durational in Venice Italy – Preach boarded a plane (at JFK International Airport) dressed in an orange prison jumpsuit with the words FOR WHITES ONLY boldly emblazoned across the back. Once in Venice (for an entire week) he perambulated the streets (in black face) carrying a 35 pound cinder block – to which he was also chained – while dressed in the prison uniform.
Preach R Sun, is a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Tanne Foundation Award for outstanding achievement in the arts. He has been featured in RealTime Arts Magazine, Emergency Index, Performance is Alive and Incident Magazine. Preach was also a featured artist on the highly proclaimed HBO series Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam.