DARCH 15.03.2024 - 26.03.2024

DARCH is the collaborative practise of Aisha Ajnabi (Umulkhayr Mohamed) and Radha Patel formed in March 2023, and a culmination of 6 years of work individually. As artists of colour, we wanted to take this as an opportunity to self-direct our creative practice and develop work we know is important, such as to support people to work through ancestral grief related to colonialism, displacement, capitalism / being poor, familial trauma, the environment. DARCH is grounded in finding creative ways to articulate care centered practices for people of colour, with a politic grounded in solidarity and liberation. DARCH overlaps shared elements of our practices namely rituals, shrine building, animism and ancestral honoring and relationships to land through sound work, conversations and storytelling. 

Our residency at Arcade Campfa researches different cultural rituals that create containers of processing and validating colonial/ancestral grief and liberatory rage. Grief and rage, despite being characterized as unruly/undesirable emotions, are in fact indicators of health within a global structure of racial capitalism & cisheteronormative patriarchy, which shame us into disconnecting from our bodies in moments of intense feeling, as a way to position our bodies' intense capacity to feel, and are inherently unsafe and unproductive.

Through exploratory conversations and archival research, we'll create our own grief/rage ritual that explores the relationship between grief and rage, using vocal e

mbodiment and sound as a healing entity. The ritual will center the experiences of both queer people of colour and the more than human, creating a container that holds a process of releasing misplaced shame that is connected to grief and rage and exploring how giving ourselves the space to feel grief and rage may bring about renewed connection to our liberation.

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See our final film work and research below

Singer Usher standing in front of a burning bed with his arms out either side of him for the song 'let it burn'. Captions read: I'ma be burning until you return

The top of a Black woman's head as two brown hands braid her hair in a traditional Ethiopian stule. Caption reads: Braids has been here for so long''

Close of a Black woman braiding another Black woman's hair in a traditional Ethiopian hairtsyle. Caption reads ''and I wanted to pay homage to those that came before us''


A room full of people at a Hindu temple. An Indian woman in a pink sari stands to the right. Caption reads: A lemon is needed

The brown hands of Muhammed Gungu blaying Bakita. The video is layed on top of another video of the ocean as he plays.

Two cartoon beavers from the animated tv show smiling and giving a thumbs up'the angry beavers'