Pathology Statement Pathology both entertains and rejects the idea of proving illness in a social context by exploring the nuances of medical records and the inability of a test result or diagnosis to describe what a patient’s life looks like. Using silver darkroom paper and materials from my own medical experiences, I generate a body of visual evidence that challenges the burden of proof placed upon me when accessing medical treatment, accommodations, and social support. This project dives into the relationship between privacy, medical information, and gender identity. Making this work is an extended process that reflects the labor involved in accessing medical treatment. Exposure times for lumen prints can be long, and most in this series have taken around half an hour, a length of time that can be compared to hold wait-times to speak with hospitals and insurance companies, or the amount of time spent in waiting rooms for appointments. I lay materials onto the paper and carefully use glass to pin them down, as if preparing a slide for a microscope. Each print is fixed and scanned, each step revealing a new perspective of the original print, similar to how each new test result provides a different insight into the state of one’s health. Pathology rejects the privacy that normally shrouds a personal spread of data. I am disregarding that privacy around my own medical archive in order to demonstrate the absurdity of demanding private medical information, particularly in the context of satisfying social curiosity. The prints abstract information and highlight medical jargon to point to the complicated nature of diagnosis, treatment, and living with chronic illness.