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What's Passed Down
What's Passed Down
Performance and video
06:19
2016

What’s Passed Down explores the connection between historical and intergenerational trauma, while using water as a medium for accessing and healing painful memories. Exploring water as both a symbol for healing and a signifier for the Middle Passage, the artist periodically submerges herself in a full bathtub. Upon surfacing for air, the artist confronts a video image of her mother, who is enduring the dripping of water down her face. The distorted sound of dripping water mimics the sound of a ticking clock and a heartbeat, emphasizing the connection of trauma across multiple lifetimes. Through their performances, both women engage with physical discomfort and vulnerability through the practice of self-sacrifice as ritual.