Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras- Guided Meditations and DJ Soundscapes

  • Miami Arts & Heritage Months

Black Power Naps/Siestas Negras- Guided Meditations and DJ Soundscapes

Dec 4, 2019
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM


Miami Arts & Heritage Months

This event is taking place during Miami Arts & Heritage Months. Click here to learn more about this Miami Temptations Program.

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. On December 4, the artists will activate the installation with Guided Nap Meditations and DJ soundscapes from bed.

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.

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