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“Plazas” is a new site-reflexive participatory installation, the third in the “Premises” series. Employing contributory language and structural interferences, Allyson Packer suggests and obstructs passages between Radical Abacus and its anticipated outsides: the Plaza del Cerro in Chimayo; Brutalist high schools; 8-bit prisons; nearby industrial courts. “Plazas” will provoke visitors to carry out an embodied reflection on the institutional and historical imperatives enclosed within vernacular architectural forms.


Allyson Packer (b. 1987, Raleigh, NC) engages viewers to re-envision the boundaries of our shared spaces. In her participatory installations and performances, embodied experience becomes a way to more deeply understand and question the parameters of existing environments. She earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2016) and her BFA from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (2009). Packer has most recently shown work at Nahmad Projects in London and the Hyde Park Art Center in Chicago. She is currently developing the installation Transmissions, commissioned by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

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