Welcome to Marwencol

Welcome to Marwencol

Mark E. Hogancamp


In April 2000, Mark Hogancamp used to be crushed and left for useless open air a bar in his place of birth of Kingston, manhattan. Waking from a nine-day coma, he had no reminiscence of the thirty-eight past years of his lifestyles, together with his ex-wife, kin, creative skills, or army provider. To reconstruct his earlier, Hogancamp equipped, in his yard, Marwencol, an imaginary village set in global warfare II Belgium, the place every person is welcome—Germans, american citizens, French, British, and Russians—as lengthy as peace is saved. With 1:6 scale motion figures and Barbie dolls, in addition to toy armaments and meticulously outfitted props, constructions, and garments, Marwencol is an alternative truth, created with painstaking (and occasionally painful) realism and obsessive consciousness to detail.

Here, riveting wartime dramas are performed out and photographed in saturated colors and unflinching element. The emotional narrative mirrors the artist's personal: via Marwencol, Hogancamp regained his cognitive facilities.
Welcome to Marwencol is an miraculous tale of the redemptive strength of art—of artwork as treatment and act of obsession.

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