On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was attacked by five men and left for dead outside of a bar in Kingston, NY. After nine days in a coma, he awoke to find he had no memory of his previous adult life. He had to relearn how to eat, walk and write.
When his state-sponsored rehabilitative therapies ran out, Mark took his recovery into his own hands. In his backyard, he created a new world entirely within his control - a 1:6 scale World War II town he named Marwencol. Using doll alter egos of his friends and family, his attackers and himself, Mark enacted epic battles and recreated memories, which he captured in strikingly realistic photographs. Those photos eventually caught the eye of the art world, which lead to a series of gallery exhibitions, an award-winning documentary, a book, and a new identity for a man once ridiculed for playing with dolls.
Psychology Today - "Not Child's Play" - by Ethan Gilsdorf
Huffington Post - "When Therapy Becomes Art" - by Jonathan Kim
Los Angeles Times - "The Extraordinary Goings-On in a Town Called Marwencol" - by Mark Olsen
Wired Magazine - "Miniature Town Brings Its Creator a New Life" - by Pete Brook
Denver Post - "This Doc(umentary) Has Healing Powers" - by Lisa Kennedy
Austin Chronicle - "Life and Death in Miniature" - by Ashley Moreno
Oakland Tribune - "Fighting Miniature Nazis Proves Theraputic in 'Marwencol' Documentary" - by Barry Caine
Times Herald-Record - "Personal Tragedy Leads Ulster Man to Unique Art Form" - by Jeremiah Horrigan
The Unobserved - "Understanding Life Through Make Believe" - by Tania Ketenjian
The Treatment - "Marwencol" - by Elvis Mitchell
Documentary Magazine - "Playback - Jeff Malmberg's 'Marwencol'" - by Jason Osder
The Village Voice - "Aftermath" - by Jerry Saltz