Touch/Trace: Researching Histories Through Textiles is a long-term research platform initiated and curated by Christel Vesters. Touch/Trace unravels the intricate connections between textile, history and society from a contemporary art perspective. Touch/Trace is not about textile art, or fiber art as it was called in the 1970’s; rather it looks at textile and textile techniques as a medium and as a mediator. It explores how textile objects – old and new – bear witness to those histories and stories that are often overlooked and forgotten, offering a different reading and understanding.

The Touch/Trace platform develops Events, Lectures, Symposia, Exhibitions and Publications, bringing together artists, designers, curators, writers, thinkers from a variety of backgrounds whose shared interest is in addressing the social, economical, geopolitical and technological developments that shape our world of today.