‘Marwencol’ Documents a Wounded Man Healing Through a World of Miniatures [Video]
On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was beaten within an inch of his life outside of a bar. After a brief coma and over a month in the hospital, Hogancamp was released with little memory of his life prior to the attack due to brain damage.
Skipping traditional therapy due to its expense, Marwencol became Mark's therapy. The dolls represented the people that he knew, both good and bad, and the stories he created help reshape and put his life and memories back together. Now Mark's story is the center of a much discussed documentary and art exhibit running at Esopus Space in New York City until October 28.
It's a pretty stunning look at how healthy escapism can be, and a reminder that great stories often stem from highly unlikely places.
Catch the official trailer below: