ALOÏSE CORBAZ

ALOÏSE CORBAZ (1886-1964, SWITZERLAND) Aloïse Corbaz was a cultured and educated woman who worked ad a private tutor at the German court of Kaiser Wilhelm II, where she taught his pastor’s daughter.Before that, she had wanted to become a singer. On developing an over-powering infatuation with the Kaiser, her mental state became increasingly agitated and […]

ORESTE FERNANDO NANNETTI

NOF4 (Oreste Fernando Nannetti)1927-1994 | Italy   Volterra, Padiglione Ferri, NOF4 Photo: © Gloria Marchini La Legge 180 del 13 maggio 1978, nota anche come Legge Basaglia, ha permesso la chiusura degli ospedali psichiatrici italiani: i pazienti furono trasferiti in specifici reparti degli ospedali civili, mentre le costruzioni vennero gradualmente abbandonate o riconvertite.Il manicomio di San Girolamo di […]

GUY BRUNET

1945 | SWITZERLAND Guy Brunet was 16 when he began filling school notebooks with screenplays. Gradually, he took up drawing as well, at first using colored pencils to create his storyboards. Later he would go on to draw and paint his own movie posters on the back of those he inherited from his father (who had […]

FAUSTO BADARI

FAUSTO BADARI (1962, ITALY) Fausto Badari was born in Roverbella, Italy. His parents suffered from psychic disorders and lived in great poverty. Fragile since childhood, his condition deteriorated through lack of support, and worsened when his father died in 1992. He was in and out of a home until 2004. But his mental health continued […]

JOHN BYAM

JOHN BYAM 1929 – | USA John Byam was born in Oneonta (New York State, USA). As a kid he helped his parents, who owned a camping ground. In 1940s he worked for a railway company, and he served American army in Japan during the Korean War. After War he went back to live with his […]

EIJIRO MIYAMA

EIJIRO MIYAMA (1934, JAPAN) Eijiro Miyama is often referred to as Bōshi Ojisan (“Hat Man”) due to his habit of riding his bicycle around the streets of Yokohama wearing eccentric clothing and large, elaborate hats adorned with dolls and other recycled objects. He was born in Mie Prefecture, Japan. A loner, he never married. He […]

EMILE RATIER

EMILE RATIER 1894-1984 | FRANCE Emile Ratier was born into a farming family established in Soturac, in the region of western France. A farmer, the young man left the farm to go to the front in 1914. Returning from war to the family farm, he became a timber merchant, then a clog-seller. From 1960 onwards, […]

MOTOOKA HIDENORI

MOTOOKA HIDENORI (1978, JAPAN) Motooka Hidenori was born in Hyôgo district and now lives in Kôbe, in Japan. As a small child, he was intrigued by trains. He often goes to the railway station to photograph them, always front view, and then files the photographs with great care. As soon as a new model comes […]

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