When sufficient time has passed for a complete medical record to make the transformation from a simple bureaucratic scribble to the suffered medical condition(s) trail history, more often than not the patient risks to projecting a conflicted image on it.
On one side the medical documents represent irrefutable evidence of the condition / problem that just passed – a probably important data base that could also be (or just might need to be) used in the future. On the other side, there is always the possibility that the memory of the respective difficult period can be, to a lesser or greater extent, repressed.
It is precisely this ambiguous perception Index attempts to bring forth, and the medium chosen is one that inherently operates with and approaches Memory. By way of coldly and distantly photographing important fragments from a patient’s complete medical record, and subsequently reproducing these in print, a subversion of their designated value as a document is intended.
This process is just as conflictual as the one with which a patient’s memory itself might operate, seeing as it is debatable if repression is truly and honestly possible. After all, the process of photographing, choosing and arranging creates relevance for said documents, filling them with the value and memory which was initially meant to be repressed.