PREACH R SUN [USA] CHRYSALIS
MULTI-MEDIA PERFORMANCE-BASED INSTALLATION
CURATED BY WHITNEY V. HUNTER & JILL MCDERMID
PREACH R SUN PRESENTS:
CHRYSALIS a mixed media performance based installation, is the Reveal for the first series of the ONEMAN project.
This series My-Story of the Angry Black, also referred to as The Sermon Series, involves chapters 1-3: A-MAN? / The Street Speaker / Blood-N-Brothers
The Reveal marks the completion of this series and the coming of a new phase and evolutionary chapter in this complex, multidimensional journey that is the ONEMAN experience.
ONEMAN is about freedom. It is in fact—inspired by Albert Camus’ quote, “the only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence becomes an act of rebellion”—an asseveration of freedom (as process, praxis and action) manifested and personified in the creative depiction of the lone, rebellious, individual in pursuit of authenticity, truth and absolute liberation.
The work, as activism, social critique and personal journey, addresses and deconstructs a vast array of issues, e.g., race, politics, identity, sexuality, religion, class, and poses challenging and compelling questions in regards to our perceptions (and or illusions) of freedom. What is freedom; is it a fact or merely a slogan or value that can only be achieved through struggle and pursuit? Furthermore how do we perceive freedom in relation to the complex pressures of conformity brought on by realities of socialization and conditioning—our adherence to social hierarchies, paradigms institutions; and the fetishistic existence born of capitalism. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, the project poses provocative questions regarding the role that race and America’s (slavery and Jim Crow) past still plays in our present (collective) conversations, contemplations and perspectives of freedom; as well as questions regarding the psychological complexities and impact of that past on African American’s today.
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PREACH R SUN [USA]
Preach R Sun’s work, a combination of protest activism and social critique (described as, anti-art, Fugitivism), adopts an any means necessary, interdisciplinary, approach that involves multimedia, experimental (extemporaneously driven) theater performance elements, site specific social experiments and other visual art practices e.g., assemblage and digital collage. As a performer he has been featured on HBO Def Poetry Jam. His work has been presented at Grace Exhibition Space (NYC), Performance Space 122 (NYC),, Theater for the New City (NYC), Dixon Place Theatre (NYC) Smithsonian Institute (Washington DC), Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Dance Place (Washington DC). His site specific actions have been performed throughout NYC Including (but not limited to) locations such as Abyssinian Baptist Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Wall Street Federal Hall, and Harlem’s 32nd Police Precinct. His international credits include Japan, England, Barbados and France.Preach R Sun:
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