niv Acosta is an award winning and internationally acclaimed multi-medium artist and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. his intersectional identities as transgender, queer, and black-dominican have continuously inspired his community based work. niv’s work and thought leadership 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 nationally and abroad including Tate Modern (GB), Tanz Im August & Kunst-Werke Institut (DEU), The David Roberts Foundation (GB), The Kimmel Center (US), Human Resources (US), MOMA PS1 (US), Studio Museum (US), and New Museum (US), among many. niv has collaborated with artists TYGAPAW, Monstah Black, Ralph Lemon, Ishmael Houston-Jones, My Barbarian, Deborah Hay, A.K. Burns, Andrea Geyer, and Larissa Velez-Jackson.
niv’s current project DISCOTROPIC centers a conversation, situated between the pragmatic and fantastical, exploring the intersections of science fiction, astro-physics, disco and the black american experience. DISCOTROPIC is episodic and has premiered earlier episodes as a part of New Museum’s Triennial ‘Surround Audience’ 2015, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art’s (MoCADA) Brooklyn Soul Festival ‘Black August’ 2015 as well as at Cooper Union. Parallel to his artistic practice through his racial justice work he has provided Racism trainings for Cultural Producers at KW Institute (Berlin), NYU, Vassar College and Movement Research to date.