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Black Power Naps/Siestas Negra: Platonic Play Party Workshop

Black Power Naps/Siestas Negra: Platonic Play Party Workshop

Museum of Art and Design at MDC presents Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras, an immersive, multi-sensory installation offering rest as a form of reparations. Created by artists Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa, the installation invites visitors to lounge on a variety of embellished beds, replete with gauzy canopies, serene lighting, therapeutic sound vibrations, and other restorative props. The exhibition is on view through January 12, 2020. On Thursday, December 5, artists Navild Acosta and Fannie Sosa will activate the installation with a Platonic Play Party Workshop, a playful event incorporating movement, sound, and discussion.

According to recent studies by institutions that include the Pew Research Center and Stanford University, people of color are five times more likely to get less sleep than white people in this country. Income inequality requires African Americans to work longer hours for less pay. Discriminatory housing policies segregate many people of color into crowded neighborhoods, where nights are noisier and housing stock is in worse condition. Over-policing and inordinately high incarceration rates produce anxieties that disrupt sleep patterns and impair the ability to be at ease when awake. Taking the “sleep gap” disparity between white and black Americans as its point of departure, Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras offers “energetic repair” as a way to “reclaim laziness and idleness as power” for those historically deprived of it. 

Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras is a part of Where the Oceans Meet, an exhibition of modern and contemporary art that resonates with the pioneering thought of two Caribbean writers, Lydia Cabrera and Édouard Glissant. The international group of 40 artists and collectives in the exhibition considers notions of shifting and porous borders—geographic, national, cultural, social, racial, ethnic, and linguistic—and how crossing borders has shaped our world. Where the Oceans Meet opened on May 26 and will be on view through January 12, 2020.