Artist Talk & BODYWARP Masterclass by Emerging Artist Indira Allegra

October 24, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Museum of the African Diaspora
685 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94105

Join MoAD and 2018-2019 Emerging Artist Program recipient, Indira Allegra, for a group movement workshop and Q&A.

Please wear warm, comfortable clothing and refrain from wearing scented products. No movement experience is necessary and folks with disabilities are warmly welcomed. The space will be wheelchair accessible. Light refreshments will be provided.

12 spaces available. Please register at Eventbrite.


About the Exhibition:

BODYWARP explores weaving as performance art and notions of political and emotional tension inherent in spaces. Presenting the loom as both a symbolic and functional frame, Indira Allegra enacts the roles of the weaver and the warp, embodying the vertical threads held under tension on a loom and making the act of weaving possible. In documented performances, Allegra is held under constraint, performing a series of site-specific interventions using her body. She considers the act of weaving to involve the crossing of any two forces held under tension. It is this understanding which allows her to use social, physical and emotional tension as a creative material.

Artist Bio:

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 and Mills College Art Museum. She has screened works at the Seattle Art Museum, MIX NYC and Outfest Fusion. Her commissions include performances for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, City of Oakland and SFJAZZ Poetry Festival. Her writing has been widely anthologized. Allegra has been the recipient of the Tosa Studio Award, Windgate Craft Fellowship, Jackson Literary Award and Lambda Literary Fellowship and has received support from the Mike Kelley Artist Project Grant and MAP Fund. Her work has been featured on BBC Radio 4, KQED, Art Journal and Surface Design Magazine. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the California Institute for Integral Studies and a Lia Cook Jacquard Artist in Residence at the California College of the Arts.