October Artists In Residence: Bcc (Body Count Collective): Whitney V. Hunter And Preach R Sun

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BCC: (Body Count Collective) is comprised of two artist activists Whitney V. Hunter and Preach R Sun to address pertinent social and political issues through art activism. Formed in 2014 in response to the killing of Michael Brown, BCC’s first action, Body Count: Counting the Dead #101, occurred on August 23 2014. Our life blood is embedded deeply in our work actions. As artists, what we have is the work we make and the life that is lived to be able to make this work. We are a unified voice dedicated to the wake-up call.

BCC’s Detroit Statement:

Detroit has always epitomized a true spirit of innovation and resilience. But perhaps, most importantly, it has served as a beacon for the radical and revolutionary potential of mass resistance and action in the face of systematic or institutionalized oppression and injustice. Once again, Detroit is forced to call upon that fighting and innovative spirit as it confronts new challenges and serious adversity, in the process of its rebirth. We intend to heed that call, recognizing that – although we are not Detroit natives – Detroit’s struggle is incontrovertibly connected with the ongoing struggle for the soul of this nation.

Preach R Sun’s work, a combination of protest activism and social critique (described as, anti-art, Fugitivism) incorporates and fuses art and activism as a means to investigate and interrogate concepts of freedom. Also, while posing a direct challenge to systems of oppression and injustice, through implementation of unconventional protest tactics geared towards the conception and fomentation of revolutionary action. Sun accomplishes this by adopting 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. www.iamfugitive.com

Whitney V. Hunter works in performance, exhibition, curation, and education. He creates and curates for the stage, gallery, and alternative spaces, and directs his performance collective Whitney Hunter[MEDIUM]. Whitney is a Movement Research Artist in Residence (2013-15), and a founding member/curator of Social Health Performance Club. His works have been presented at La Mama, Grace Exhibition Space, through Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Itinerant Festival and the Lumen Festival. He has performed with the Martha Graham Dance Company, Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group, Rioult Dance, Irish Modern Dance Theatre, in collaboration with and in the works of André M. Zachery (Renegade Performance Group), John Jesurun, Fiona Templeton, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, and Martha Clarke. Recently he performed as contributing panelist for Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tale of Slavery and Power (The David C. Driskell Center). www.whitneyhunter.com
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