Maria von Bank [1962] CH

Biography

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I am the unwanted child of my loveless mother

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At age five, I suffer from my father’s violence, violence imposed by my mother

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At age six, the school confirms my hyperactivity

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At age seven, I suffer from loneliness and start drinking my parents’ alcohol

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At age eight, my brother is sent to reform school

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At age thirteen, I find comfort with friends and smoke hashish and marihuana with them, and take LSD

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At age fifteen, a friend gives me my first shot of morphine

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At age fifteen, my parents put me out in the street

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At age sixteen, I shoot heroin and morphine

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At age seventeen, I start school at the wish of my parents, and am expelled because of my drug addiction

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At age nineteen, I also use cocaine, tranquilizers, and medicine

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At age twenty-one, my mentally retarded son is born

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At age twenty-two, I am detained and lose, through my parents’ intervention, the custody of my child

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At age twenty-two, I am in love with a woman, use fewer drugs, and escape from prison

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At age twenty-four, I fall back into polytoxicomaniacal drug abuse and deal hashish to finance my addiction

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At age twenty-seven I use no drugs apart from methadone to get two wish-children

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At age thirty-two, I relapse into drug abuse with my boyfriend and have my children placed in a foster home

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At age thirty-eight, I live in fatal dependence of a man and of drugs

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At age forty, I am homeless, and live in shelters or on the streets

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At age forty-two, my boyfriend forces me into prostitution, and I stab him

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At age forty-three, I break down and am committed to a psychiatric hospital

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At age forty-four, I am taken into custody

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At age forty-five, I fear dreams that announce my death

From a dialogue with the participant and with the aid of the matrix a biography of basic facts is developed, which portrays the person’s life as a sequence of events and decisions, of acts and reactions.

The texts of the biographies are spoken by the participants themselves, and recorded for the audio modules of the Baby Dolls and the project’s audio archive.