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ONE-MAN: The Liberation Project

Home of Fugitivist | Conjurer | Performance Artist
Preach R Sun

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Bio

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.”

Credits

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). In 2018, archival footage from his documented Ferguson protest action (Counting the Dead) was featured in the award winning feature length documentary — by Peabody and Emmy award winning directors, Jeff and Mike Zimbalist — Give Us This Day. 


Sun performed in the 2016, Venice International Performance Art Week, to which he was again invited to participate the following yearyear — as a featured lecturer for Venice International Performance Art Week Workshop 2017. Sun performed in Fierce Festival 2017 (Birmingham England). And, in 2018 he was invited to Dhaka, Bangladesh (as sole US representative) to participate in the 2018 Asian Art Biennale.


Sun's public guerrilla interventions/actions have been executed, nationally and internationally, on the streets of countries such as Bangladesh, England and Italy; in addition to notable site specific US locations e.g., 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, Preach R Sun 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. 


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. 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, and his work, has been featured in RealTime Arts Magazine, Emergency Index, Performance is Alive, Incident Magazine, LOïE REVISTA, and The Live Art Almanac (Vol. 5). In 2017, Sun was invited to Princeton University as a guest artist/lecturer. He was also a featured artist on the highly proclaimed HBO series Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam

Preach R Sun, is a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Tanne Foundation Award for outstanding achievement in the arts. He, and his work, has been featured in RealTime Arts Magazine, Emergency Index, Performance is Alive, Incident Magazine,Magazine, LOïE REVISTA, and The Live Art Almanac (Vol. 5). Sun, has been invited to Princeton University as a guest artist/lecturer. He was also a featured artist on the highly proclaimed HBO series Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry JamPreach R Sun, is a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Tanne Foundation Award for outstanding achievement in the arts. He, and his work, has been featured in RealTime Arts Magazine, Emergency Index, Performance is Alive, Incident Magazine,Magazine, LOïE REVISTA, and The Live Art Almanac (Vol. 5). Sun, has been invited to Princeton University as a guest artist/lecturer. He was also a featured artist on the highly proclaimed HBO series Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam