photo by Lindsay Tunkl



No Space Without Tension is an exhibition and series of performances by interdisciplinary artist Indira Allegra that will be staged at the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM), Los Angeles, from September 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020. Allegra’s work makes visible the tensions that exist within societal interactions—both personal and public—and represents these tensions through woven sculpture, choreography, and multi-media performance. By recognizing tension, Allegra documents its unseen emotional and psychological impact on society, and through her practice she considers how people can be brought, or woven, together through shared acknowledgement. Allegra will develop and stage four live performances that include audience interaction to produce woven textiles that will be incorporated into the exhibition space. Audience members will help generate tension that Allegra responds to, by holding threads connected to parts of Allegra’s body or acting as the loom or structure for Allegra’s weaving movements. Opening in the Fall of 2019, No Space Without Tension will coincide with the beginning of the 2020 presidential campaign cycle, addressing social tensions of the moment and offering alternative perspectives and ways of processing larger political circumstances.


Indira Allegra