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 their clarity of vision within such a multifaceted practice.” – Juror Lauren Schell Dickens, Curator, San Jose Museum of Art

Allegra’s work has been featured in ARTFORUM, Art Journal and Emergency Index Vol. 8 and in exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Arts Incubator in Chicago, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Center for Craft Creativity and Design and the Museum of the African Diaspora among others. Their commissions include performances for SFMOMA, de Young Museum and The Wattis Institute.

Allegra’s writing has been featured in Theater, TEXTILE: Cloth and Culture, American Craft Magazine, Manual, Cream City Review, Foglifter Journal and HYSTERIA Magazine among others. They have been the recipient of numerous awards including the United States Artists Fellowship, Burke Prize, Gerbode Choreographer Award, Art Matters Fellowship, Mike Kelley Artist Project Grant and Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Award. They live and work in liminal spaces.

Indira Allegra’s works draw from an investigation of inner space, animism and the ritual, relational and performative aspects of weaving. As a conceptual artist and recognized leader in the field of performative craft, Allegra takes weaving off the loom and uses it as a framework to make projects, performances and installations. Allegra’s use of tension as creative material allows them to work as a social psychopomp exploring the transformative poetics of death, memorial and regeneration.