Soft Structures - Textile Turns


L’envers est le côté opposé à l’endroit, le côté qui ne doit pas être exposé à la lumière ou à la vue. (…) Le verbe Latin d’où vient ce mot, invertere, signifie tourner sens dessus dessous, invertir les places, transformer les choses et, notamment, changer leur couleur.                                                             Georges Didi-Huberman


Textiles are important in the contemporary art world, perhaps as never before. The current shifts or turns in the use of textiles deal less with material aspects of the medium than with the temporal folds of concepts, metaphors, societies and economies. Textiles – ‘soft structures’ – have played an important role in economical and colonial history. As markers of trade they have intervened in the ‘hard structures’ of capital and politics, and they have initiated fundamental changes on social and economic levels. Textiles tell stories of commerce, of labour, of capitalism, of digital and social networks.

Curator: Evelien Bracke

Artists: Rossella Biscotti (IT), Sarah Browne (IE), Hana Miletic (BE/HR), Emilie Pallard (FR) & Niels Heymans (NL), Judith Raum (DE), Remco Torenbosch (NL), Vincent Vulsma (NL)

Opening: Sunday 26th of June, 14h -18h with a guided tour from the curator at 16h 

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Photo credits: Emilie Pallard & Niels Heymans, Casting Spells, 2013