Born in 1892 in Chicago, Henry Darger has not been an easy childhood. At the age of 4, his mother died and he is placed in an orphanage.
Very interested in history about the Civil War of America it’s his professor who discovered his troubles. At the age of 12, he is interned in a Psychiatric Centre of Lincoln.
At the age of 17, he returned to live in the village of his childhood and worked in the hospital until 1963.
All his life long, Henry Darger created a story of 15.145 typewritten pages that he named “In the Realms of the Unreal” as well as an autobiography of 5.084 pages.
His artwork tells the story of “Vivian Girls”, little girls in an eternal battle against the evil in the land of Abbiennia.
Nathan Lerner discovered Darger’s artwork after his death. This colossal work has occupied the artist for sixty years and reports a technique of incredible reproduction between collage, transfer printing and drawing with watercolours.