Indira Allegra: Blackout

Published by Sming Sming Books

ISBN 978-0-9985006-2-1
June 2017, English, set of 6 books, 5 x 5 in, 50 pages each, b&w, softcover
Design: Sming Sming Books

Blackout is a set of six books, based on the original video work of Indira Allegra. Allegra studies the weave structure of police uniforms alongside statements made by families of those lost to police violence including: Aiyana Stanley-Jones (7), Tamir Rice (12), John Crawford III (22), Amadou Diallo (23), Tarika Wilson (26), Eric Garner (43), Yvette Smith (45), and Eleanor Bumpurs (66).

Indira Allegra explores tension as creative material through text/ile sculpture, installation and performance. She is a recipient of the Windgate Craft Fellowship (2015), Oakland Individual Artist (2015) and Queer Cultural Center grants (2014). Her commissions include works for the SFMOMA, de Young Museum, The Wattis Institute, the City of Oakland and the National Queer Arts Festival. Her works have screened at festivals such as MIX NYC (2013), Perlen Hannover LGBT Festival (2010), Bologna Lesbian Film Festival (2010) and Outfest Fusion (2009). Allegra has completed residencies at The Banff Centre in Canada (2012), Takt in Berlin (2016) and Headlands Center for the Arts (2017) among others. She is a KQED ‘Woman to Watch’ and Artist in Residence at Djerassi Residence Arts Program.