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Presentation of the gallery
For more than 30 years, La Galerie Papillon has been recognized for its characteristic editorial line and its sensitivity to works on paper. She defends French and foreign artists - emerging, established or mid-career - who share the same sense of poetry and irony.
Founded in 1989 by Claudine Papillon, the gallery benefits from historical work with artists who later became renowned artists such as Sigmar Polke, Dieter Roth, Michael Craig-Martin, Hreinn Fridfinnsson and Erik Dietman.
Led by Marion Papillon since 2007, the gallery's commitment to artists and role extends beyond the walls of the space itself. Marion Papillon is the founder of Paris Galerie Weekend launched in 2014. She has also been president of the Professional Committee of Art Galleries since 2019.
Marion and Claudine Papillon are two generations of gallery owners who collaborate together while complementing each other and sharing the same values and the same unalterable vision that gives the gallery its identity: to offer artists an environment of freedom so that they can give free rein to their creativity.
Presentation of the artist in focus
In 2014, Cathryn Boch was awarded the Drawing Now Prize. 10 years later, our Focus highlights the evolution of her work: from her drawings from the 2000s to her personal counter-geographies that she creates in a hand-to-hand combat with paper but not only.
"Since I've been living in Marseille, my work has taken the risk of being precisely part of the singularity of a territory. Marseille is this border city, which focuses my research on the issues of displacement in the Mediterranean, prevented migration and hospitality.
My tool is the sewing machine, with it and from all kinds of writings of territories, I draw lines. I dissect, I graft, I connect, I mend, I invade the surfaces of threads. »
Today, by re-drawing the silhouettes printed on a piece of boat sail of migrating women with her sewing thread, Cathryn Boch means by doing so their strength of resistance and hope. Through the lines she draws, the inscribed words, the density of her thread on this singular support, she wants to make visible these invisible struggles that upset her.