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Plumer Esra Plumer Unica Z rn

Art, Writing and Post-War Surrealism

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Diagnosed with schizophrenia in the 1950s, German writer and artist Unica Z rn produced a wealth of remarkable textual and visual material within psychiatric institutions across Germany and France. While Z rn is often discussed in relation to her partner, the controversial artist Hans Bellmer, this innovative book moves beyond the familiar model of the overlooked 'significant other' and re-introduces her as a member of the French Surrealist group. This is the first monograph on the life and work of the Unica Z rn in English. Esra Plumer presents Z rn's life and work in light of the artist's individual experiences with WWII, Post-war Surrealism and mental illness, at the same time revealing wider aspects of her artistic practice in relation to her contemporaries. She also reveals how the techniques of anagrams and automatism (writing and drawing methods designed to unlock the subconscious mind) form the pillars of Z rn's artistic creative output, which carry her work into the wider theoretical circles of psychoanalytic theory and post-structuralist thought.

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