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By Moonlight takes an administrative role in the 19th Century Health Records from Midlothian & Peebles District Lunatic Asylum.
A single catalogue of injuries and a collection of 49 individual journeys spanning 25 years are represented in fully and partially formed soap. The work considers our need to escape physically and psychologically: each piece signifying an absence from daily life in the institution.
The sensitive handling of source material strips away names, diagnoses, and other identifiers of the female patients recorded in the accident and escape logs. As the labels are deliberately lost, overlooked details of the women's experience are allowed to surface.
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