‘as a point of departure’ – Glasgow International exhibition with Darragh Amelia and Alma Simba

May 13, 2024 10:41 am

7th – 23rd June 2024 – As part of Glasgow International.

“as a point of departure” is an exhibition of sound work by Darragh Amelia1 and Alma Simba2 who form part of audio-visual collective Ajabu Ajabu, based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This project is a result of ongoing exchange between Market Gallery and Ajabu Ajabu.

The artists collaboratively explore sound as a medium to discuss intimate friendship and human connection through fluid materiality, landscape, and the notion of home. Market Gallery serves as a listening station where audiences can engage with Darragh and Alma’s sound works, including those based on conversations, ambient sound, poetry and field recordings. as a point of departure asks: How can site-specific and collective listening practices act as methods of resistance and build solidarity among marginalised perspectives? How does the digital space help navigate, and maintain connection through geographical distances?

Opening times:

Mon – Fri, 12pm – 5pm
Sat – Sun, 10am – 5pm

Market Gallery is situated within a wheelchair accessible front facing unit. Please get in touch at market@marketgallery.org to discuss any concerns or questions around access.

  1. Darragh Amelia is an audio-visual practitioner largely found interrogating hierarchies across film cultures or obsessively examining subjects relating to memory. She has preserved, produced, and programmed work with Canada Council for the Arts, British Council, LUX, BBC, & UN agencies and has co-created spaces for audio-visual practice and training including Ajabu Ajabu and nafasi academy. She broke into the industry as concession attendant of the capitol 6 cinema in the mid-sized Canadian town where her mom resides.
  2. Alma Simba is a writer, historian and experimental sound artist interested in both the potentials and failures of words in capturing the human experience. Her subject matter is ancestral heritage and how indigenous black Africans can communicate and explore this history through oral traditions, memory and imagination. Alma was awarded a BA in International History from The London School of Economics and Political Science. She has recently completed her MA in History at The University of Dar es Salaam with a focus on Tanzanian heritage housed in Germany. She was a ‘Sensitive Provenances’ Research Fellow at The University of Göttingen in 2022 and is part of the Ajabu Ajabu audio-visual collective in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. ↩︎