Indira Allegra

Artadia Awardee

“Indira has uncovered surprisingly fertile ground by investigating connections between weaving and the body, and veering into realms of language, ritual, pleasure, video, and performance. I was impressed by her clarity of vision within such a multifaceted practice.”

– Lauren Schell Dickens, Curator, San Jose Museum of Art

Indira Allegra works with tension as creative material to investigate themes of haunting and memorial. She is active in a range of fields including sculpture, performance, writing and installation. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Arts Incubator in Chicago, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Center for Craft Creativity and Design, Mills College Art Museum, Weinberg/Newton, 808 Gallery, Catharine Clark Gallery, The Alice Gallery and SOMArts among others. She has screened works at the Seattle Art Museum, MIX NYC, Bologna Lesbian Film Festival and Outfest Fusion. Her commissions include performances for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, City of Oakland and SFJAZZ Poetry Festival. Allegra’s writing has been widely anthologized, and she has contributed works to Foglifter Magazine, Cream City Review, HYSTERIA Magazine, make/shift Magazine, and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought among others.

Allegra’s work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, Art Journal, KQED and Surface Design Magazine. She was the recipient of the Artadia Award, Tosa Studio Award, Windgate Craft Fellowship and Jackson Literary Award and has received support from the Mike Kelley Artist Project Grant, MAP Fund and Queer Cultural Center. Indira has been a visiting artist at Southern Denmark University, and Mills College and is a former Tag Lecturer at East Carolina University, Shelly Osborne visiting artist at UC Berkeley and Lia Cook Jacquard artist-in-residence at the California College of the Arts.

Indira Allegra is the recipient of the 2018 San Francisco Artadia Award.