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Birthplace Poland
Year of birth 1926 (1973)
Born into a Jewish family and interned in a concentration camp, Szapocznikow assisted her mother, a doctor, and escaped death at the hands of the Nazis. After studying sculpture in postwar Prague, she attended an art school in Paris, but returned to Poland at the invitation of its government. Here her work gained a wider audience, and from 1963 onward she was active in Paris once again. She focused on the motif of her own body over the years before passing away at an early age.