About Marwencol


About Marwencol

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, the award-winning documentary "Marwencol," the acclaimed book "Welcome to Marwencol," and a new identity for a man once ridiculed for playing with dolls. 




The Guardian - "Marwencol: The Incredible WWII Art Project Created By a Cross-Dresser Who Was Beaten Up By Bigots"

New York Times - "Mark Hogancamp, the Artist as (Imagined) War Hero"

Wall Street Journal - "Illustrator's War Games Prove Restorative" - by Steve Dollar

New York Times - "In a Tiny Universe, Room to Heal" - by Penelope Green

Psychology Today - "Not Child's Play" - by Ethan Gilsdorf

Huffington Post - "Marwencol: Art vs. Reality" 

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