Indira Allegra and Rezina Habtemariam in conversation at Hedreen Gallery

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 | 7- 8:30pm

Hedreen Gallery welcomes Indira Allegra and Rezina Habtemariam on the occasion of Indira Allegra’s solo exhibition BODYWARP, at The Alice. At Hedreen Gallery, each of these interdisciplinary cultural workers will share images, screen video and discuss a selection of their works, followed by a moderated conversation.  This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Rezina Habtemariam is a Seattle-based cultural worker, writer, and curator who critically interrogates the relationship between structural power and the ways in which it produces the daily conditions of our lives. Habtemariam is a freedom dreamer grounded in the urgency of (re)creating + (re)claiming space that centers and explores the infinite possibilities, complexities, and ordinariness that exists within the margins.

Indira Allegra works with tension as creative material. The tension between intimacy and violence and tensions within the body all exist as materials stretched to their limits - like threads - pulled taught by the human hand. Using weaving as a methodology, she explores how these threads can be woven - through sculpture, installation and text/ile performance - creating interventions that respond to political and emotional space.

Allegra is a recipient of the Oakland Individual Artist and Queer Cultural Center grants and has been honored with the Jackson Literary Award, Lambda Literary Fellowship and Windgate Craft Fellowship. The Windgate is awarded to artists who represent the future of contemporary craft as determined by an international panel of curators working with the Center for Craft and Design. Allegra’s work has been featured on BBC Radio 3, Surface Design Magazine and will be featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Art Journal. Her commissions include works for SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, City of Oakland, SFJAZZ Poetry Festival and the National Queer Arts Festival. She has screened at festivals such as MIX NYC, Hannover LGBT Festival, Bologna Lesbian Film Festival and Outfest Fusion.

Allegra’s writing has been widely anthologized, she has contributed works to Cream City Review, HYSTERIA Magazine, make/shift Magazine, Sinister Wisdom Journal and Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art and Thought among others. Indira is a former Dr. and Mrs. Ella Tag Lecturer at East Carolina University and has been a visiting artist at the University of Oregon and Southern Denmark University. She has completed residencies at The Banff Centre in Canada, Ponderosa Center in Stolzenhagen, Takt in Berlin, Headlands Center for the Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artist Program. She is a KQED ‘Woman to Watch’ and on instagram @indiraallegra

Image and title credits above: Indira Allegra photo, credit Christina Campbell, Rezina Habtemariam photo courtesy the artist, Indira Allegra, BODYWARP image, credit Lindsay Tunkl. “She keeps it moving” program title quotes Rezina Habtemariam, quoting Anastacia Reneé (as Alice Metropolis)

This conversation at Hedreen Gallery  is held on the occasion of:

BODYWARP: a solo exhibition by Indira Allegra
January 6 - February 10, 2018
Opening Reception  January 6, 2018, 6-8pm
The Alice Gallery

Additional programming in Indira Allegra’s BODYWARP series:

January 8th 1:00-2:00 pm
Woven Account: An Artist Talk by Indira Allegra
North Seattle College Art Gallery

January 9th 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Intervention: Tension as Creative Material
A Conversation with Indira Allegra and Anida Yoeu Ali
Moderated by Thea Q. Tagle
UW Bothell: Discovery Hall 061

​January 12th TBD
BODYWARP: Performance and Conversation open to the public
The Alice Gallery



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