These Artists Want Black People to Rest and Heal at Their Exhibition

We talked to niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa about their new show, "Black Power Naps."

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Jan 28 2019, 7:34pm

Model Charlyn Griffith inside "Black Power Naps." Photos by Avi Avion. Artistic direction by niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa. Photo editing by Alyza Enriquez.

Afro-Latinx artists niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa are tired. So are their friends. And in their new exhibition, "Black Power Naps," they interrogate this exhaustion: Who has the luxury to nap and rejuvenate, and who, at the end of the day, feels utterly exhausted? The show is grounded in research on the “racial sleep gap," the finding that black Americans receive significantly less sleep on average than white Americans. Acosta and Sosa have created a series of interactive installations comprised of soft surfaces, welcoming lounge spaces, and charging stations, all of which are meant to invite black people to rest and restore themselves. "Black Power Naps" debuted with a 2018 exhibition at Matadero Madrid and is now exhibiting at Performance Space New York throughout January. On this episode of the The VICE Guide To Right Now Podcast, Broadly editor Sarah Burke sits down with Acosta and Sosa to discuss the show.

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