BLACK POWER NAPS


niv Acosta is a multimedia artist and activist whose intersectional identities as transgender, queer, and black-dominican inspire his community-based work.

Artist Bio

BLACK POWER NAPS is a space for self-care. The installation has multiple surfaces to facilitate reclining positions, a bass sound healing station, multiple levels in which to find and create a space of one’s own to rest. The artist will create a multi-purpose separatist organizing space with a focus on rest, restoration, rejuvenation, reparation and black joy.


Award Year
2019
Status

In Progress

niv Acosta

Brooklyn, NY

niv Acosta is a multimedia artist and activist based in Brooklyn, NY, whose intersectional identities as transgender, queer, and black-dominican have continuously inspired his community-based work. niv’s current projects, including Black Power Naps, are devised in collaboration with Black artists as propositions for how reparative economies can better hold communities of color. niv’s work examines the intersection of race and performance through the creation of iterative works that distill large concepts into greater clarity.

niv’s work has been featured in many publications including Performance Journal, VICE, Brooklyn Magazine, Apogee Journal, BOMB Magazine and more. His performance work has debuted in various programs around the world including Tate Modern, Tanz Im August & Kunst-Werke Institut, MOMA PS1, Studio Museum, New Museum, and McGill University. niv has collaborated with artists Alicia Keys, Fannie sosa, Bearcat, TYGAPAW, Jay Boogie, Monstah Black, Lyle Ashton-Harris, Ralph Lemon, Ishmael Houston-Jones, My Barbarian, Deborah Hay, Sabian Baumann and Andrea Geyer. Acosta also received the 2017 Louis Comfort Tiffany Artist Award.