A simultaneity of stories-so-far
Grand Union Gallery, Birmingham, UK
1st May 2021 - 31st July 2021
A simultaneity of stories-so-far was an exhibition of sound, video and writing by artists Lucy Reynolds, Navi Kaur and Holly Argent. Curated by Laura Onions and Alice O’Rourke, the project re-considered acts of gathering and articulating collective stories. Cultivated during the year leading up to the exhibition date, stories-so-far brought attention to how place is given resonance through joined together voices.
Stemming from Grand Union’s 10th year anniversary, each contribution to the exhibition offered propositions for locating, reflecting, pausing and appreciating how we become mapped into places overtime. Taken up in feminist literature, the figure of the map stands for past rigidities that could also be reworked from within, open to the fragments, incoherences and connections yet to be made. “Perhaps we could imagine space as a simultaneity of stories-so-far” a thought from geographer Doreen Massey in her book ‘For Space’ which encourages a thinking of space as a result of interrelations between people and place. By working with people and stories – as opposed to conventional archival objects – this exhibition acted as a marker of our existence and a method of making ourselves and others more visible.