Indira Allegra’s work re-imagines memorial as a genre vital for life for its ability to hold the tension which grief creates inside ourselves, within crafted objects, spaces and rituals. Allegra is deeply informed by Quiet, the inner life of people, places and things, and the ritual, relational and performative aspects of weaving. They use weaving as a methodology to explore the repetitive crossing of forces held under tension be they material, social or emotional. Their work has been featured in exhibitions at 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, The Wattis Institute, City of Oakland and SFJAZZ Poetry Festival. Allegra’s work has been featured in ARTFORUM, BBC Radio 4, Art Journal, San Francisco Chronicle and Surface Design Magazine. They have been the recipient of the Burke Prize, Gerbode Foundation Choreographer Award, Artadia Award, Mike Kelley Artist Project Grant, MAP Fund and Jackson Literary Award among others. Allegra is a YBCA 100 Honoree, Fleishhacker Eureka Fellow and Lucas Artist Fellow.
Indira Allegra, After My Death/A Mutable Decision, 2021. Video: Nicholas Bruno.