The Bay Area-based artist Indira Allegra uses weaving as a methodology to discover how social texts behave as powerful warps and weft within contemporary society—crossing each other at sharp right angles and creating large-scale social cloths. Allegra will join us to speak about a recent residency at Takt (Berlin) where she completed the weaving Aufenthaltsgestattung, an artwork that served as her literal application for German asylum from the conditions of oppression that she encounters as a Queer, Black and Native Femme living in the United States. Allegra's commissions include works for: SFMOMA, de Young Museum, Petty Biennial, SFJAZZ Poetry Festival, City of Oakland and the National Queer Arts Festival. Her time-based works have screened at festivals such as MIX NYC, Berlin Queer Feminine Konferenz, Bologna Lesbian Film Festival and Outfest Fusion. She is a 2017 Artist in Residence at Djerassi Residence Arts Program and the Headlands Center for the Arts.
A film & lecture series exploring immigrant and refugee experiences in Berlin.
Berlin: In(flux) seeks to address the recent, unabashed rise of racism and xenophobia in the US and Europe. Designed in tandem with the San Francisco Art Institute's faculty-led travel course Das Berlin-Projekt, led by Lasse Scherffig (Assistant Professor, Art & Technology) in Spring 2017, Berlin: In(flux) presents the opportunity to engage in a timely and important exchange on asylum-seeking, migration and diaspora using Berlin as a case study.
Image courtesy of the artist.