"Sweet Grace" performance, 2nd edition, with Kianga Ellis Projects at VOLTA NY 2014
Bishop Charles Manuel "Sweet Daddy" Grace was James Brown's childhood idol and the original charismatic prosperity preacher. This performance is a silent slow strut dedicated to Daddy Grace's spirit- his fortitude, focus, and ingenuity in the name of a religious body that welcomed all people. This performance was an apparition of Grace, an homage and a small contribution to a new way of seeing this historical figure and his emulators.
Before and during the performance, ushers handed out custom church fan programs.
Sweet Grace church fan, photo by Paul Council, Jr
Sweet Grace in Wassaic, 2014, performance documentation photos by Paul Council, Jr.