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, I periodically submerged myself in a full bathtub. Upon surfacing for air, I confronted a video of my mother enduring periods of dripping water down her face. The distorted sound of dripping water mimicked the sound of a ticking clock and a heartbeat, emphasizing the connection of trauma across multiple lifetimes. Through our performances, we both engaged with physical discomfort and vulnerability as a ritual and practice of self-sacrifice.