Sep 19, 2018-Nov 04, 2018

MoAD Emerging Artists presents Indira Allegra


Warp is the vertical thread held under tension on a loom, making the act of weaving possible. BODYWARP is a solo exhibition by Indira Allegra exploring weaving as performance requiring a unique receptivity to tensions extant in political and emotional spaces. BODYWARP explores looms as frames through which the weaver becomes the warp and is held under tension, performing a series of site-specific interven-tions using her body. Like the accumulation of memory in cloth, looms and other tools of the weaver’s craft become organs of memory, pulling the artist’s body into an intimate choreography between maker, tool and the narrative of a place.


Artist Biography

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.