A simultaneity of stories-so-far

19 May 2021 – 31 Jul 2021

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12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00
12:00 – 17:00

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Grand Union

Birmingham, United Kingdom


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A simultaneity of stories-so-far is 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 will re-consider acts of gathering and articulating collective stories.


The gallery will be open by appointment only from Wednesday 19th May, please visit our website for more details on how to book a timeslot for your visit. 

Stemming from Grand Union’s 10th year anniversary, each contribution to the exhibition offers 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 can 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 acts as a marker of our existence and a method of making ourselves and others more visible. 

About the works:

Holly Argent’s project After the event: Activities with archives expands a field of enquiry in relation to using archives to interrogate standard systems of organisation and explore methodologies that re-negotiate narratives and prioritise forms of self-preservation. 

Mērā Ghar by Navi Kaur consists of a single-channel video installation screened within a gestural structure within Grand Union. Directly translated into English from Punjabi as ‘my home,’ Mērā Ghar simultaneously replicates notions of Navi’s grandparent’s family home, their allotment and the Gurdwara (Sikh temple and place of worship). These three environments encapsulate Sikh teachings of Seva (selflessly serving humanity), maintaining a life of Chardi Kala (high spirits, positive outlook) and living by honest labour. 

Audio and text based work A Tender Map/A Feminist Chorus by Lucy Reynolds plots the creative geography of Grand Union. The Tender Map/A Feminist Chorus is mapped through the spoken and written word, embodied in the people and the creative activities of the Grand Union building at Minerva works.


Laura Onions

Alice O'Rourke

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Lucy Reynolds

Navi Kaur

Holly Argent


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