Installation view of “niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa: Black Power Naps,” 2019, at Performance Space New York.


Pictures at an Exhibition presents images of one notable show every weekday.

Today’s show: “niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa: Black Power Naps” is on view at Performance Space New York through Thursday, January 31. The collaborative project recently won a 2019 Creative Capital Award.

An excerpt from the exhibition’s description:

In our society, relaxation and rest is a luxury reserved for the privileged and rich. Recent studies have shown that the distribution of rest is determined by race, with people of color regularly getting less sleep than white people. niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa’s Black Power Naps is a direct response to the Sleep Gap, which the artists see as a continued form of state-sanctioned punishment born from the ongoing legacy of slavery. Reclaiming idleness and play as sources of power and strength, this installation takes over Performance Space’s large theater and invites people of color to break with constant fatigue by slowing down, resting, and interacting with soft, comfortable surfaces.