In our western society, relaxation and rest are a luxuries 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.Navild 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 Sophiensæle’s Festsaal and invites people of color to break with constant fatigue by slowing down, resting, and interacting with soft, comfortable surfaces. Our culture has required that people of color present themselves as extraordinary performers, athletes, or entertainers in order to exist in the public realm; Black Power Naps refuses institutionalized exhaustion and demands the redistribution of idleness, down time, and quality sleep.
Due to the current distance and hygiene regulations, the visitors unfortunately cannot sit or lay in the installation as planned. Instead, Fannie Sosa and Navild Acosta invite the audience to move freely in space or pause for a moment in the context of an audio and video installation based on excerpts from earlier Black Power Naps.
BY AND WITH Navild Acosta, Fannie Sosa, Guest performers
Black Power Naps is a production by Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa. Funded by Creative Capital and USA Artists Disability Futures Fund. Medienpartner: taz. die tageszeitung.