Lionel Sabatté, showcased at Galerie C from Neuchâtel, Switzerland, won the Prix Drawing Now 2017. His delicate charcoal/acrylic/turmeric abstract drawing evokes a horse-like shape leaping in a landscape.
Mounir Fatmi's collaged drawings from his 'Island of Roots' series at Analix Forever feature reproductions of Lewis Wickers Hines photographs of Italian immigrants at Ellis Island, the gateway to New York in the early 1900s. By drawing over the clothing, Fatmi has appropriated the photos and drawn coloured branches around the images, suggestive of the trees of life growing from migration.
Party fever unites Thomas Lévy-Lasne's small-scale watercolours at Backslash and Helena Hauss's large-scale, biro-on-paper works at School Gallery. Lévy-Lasne's meticulously detailed watercolours, based on photographs of friends dancing, sold out at his solo show. Meanwhile, Hauss' drawing of a young woman reclining in a bath full of empty Budweiser cans, and cigarette stubs trailing on the tiled floor, is an allegory of debauchery.
The pieces by Claire Morgan, the Northern Irish artist known for her suspended taxidermy sculptures, at Karsten Greve signal a new departure. For the first time, Morgan has added the residues of the taxidermy process into her works on paper. In 'Bleeding' (2017), bird bone fragments are in relief, defining the swarm towards the red-tinted centre between black pylons, evocative of birds dying on motorways.
A political piece is 'El Arte de la Politica', 2010, by Mauro Giaconi at Bendana-Pinel Art Contemporain. The Argentine artist has repeated a drawing of a grill over 34 overlapping pages of Ernan de Sandozequi's book. Belonging to the artist's 'Alambrados' (Grill) series, the piece alludes to the mantra of politics and recalls the notion of censorship and freedom of expression.