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Author Information: Unica Zürn

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Unica Zürn was born in Berlin and her living there as a film dramaturge and short story writer until 1953, when she met the artist Hans Bellmer and moved with him to Paris. In Paris she exhibited drawings as a member of the Surrealist group, alongside artists such as Bellmer, Hans Arp, Marcel Duchamp, and Man Ray. She also published anagrammatic poems, and collaborated with Bellmer on a series of notorious photographs, of her nude torso bound with string. In 1957, a fateful encounter with the poet and painter Henri Michaux led to the first of what would become a series of mental crises and hospitalizations, some of which she documented in her writings. She committed suicide in 1970 - an act foretold in Dark Spring, her last completed work.


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