Touch is a thought, a rippling breath, an act of care, a benevolent gesture. We experience ‘touch’ through our bodies, our layered memories, our surroundings, the confinements of our walls... At this time, our experiences and habits surrounding 'touch' have changed. Our senses have heightened to perceive the world and its materiality differently. We are staying in touch with our loved ones, or our history, environment, we search for self and healing while grappling with the current reality. Now more than ever ‘touch’ remains the most primal and deep experience that we are pressingly aware of each minute of passing time.
The artists presented in this exhibition explore what 'Touch' means through various mediums. ‘Touch’ is an expression of a deeply personal mechanism of making in Wieteke Heldens' work, a deliberate communal experience in the work of Ruth Borgenicht, and a process of connectedness and healing as in Takahiro Kaneyama’s photographs. These artists point that ‘touch’ describes all other senses layered with our personal and emotional history, making the essence of touch a particularly poignant metaphor in the world we inhabit today.
Accompanying this exhibit, please enjoy "dogwood days [view] til Night," a visual poem of Harlem created by artist Daonne Huff (b. 1983, Birmingham, AL) especially for this exhibition.
YANA DIMITROVA, Curator