My name is Rachael Mauney, and I am queer body based performance artist from North Carolina, and based in Berlin. Due to the specific relation of my project "Matrilineal: Performance Project and Activism Concerning Domestic Violence" to southern American notions of womanhood, I have a strong desire to share this work in the New Orleans community, and to share dialogue following the performance. My experience with New Orleans has been a unique encounter of southern culture with access to queerness, both aspects of my identity which are essential to my artistic practice. I would also love to discuss methods of creating further dialogue in the cultural community around the topics of gender and violence, however, the performance work will be ready to tour from February 2022 onwards. The performance work "Matrilineal" is a dialogue between body based artist Rachael Mauney (they/them) and singer/sound designer Telmo Branco (they/them) to examine domestic violence in heteronormative family lineages. This work addresses the oppressive mentality which enables this abusive cycle to continue, as well as the hopeful revolution of emancipation. The heteronormative concept of “woman” involves a type of resilience that thrives in alienation, silence, and delusion. It is yet another example of the way the gender binary is used to oppress, in this specific case within the patriarchal institution of family. "Matrilineal" reflects on the aftermath of domestic violence and the cycle which is exhumed in each generation, while proposing the abolition of heteronormative family values as a conduit of liberation. Concept and performance: Rachael Mauney Sound design and videography: Telmo Branco With the support of DISTANZEN Solo, Rachael is currently developing "Matrilineal: Performance Project and Activism Concerning Domestic Violence", and involved in community activism through the political movement Queer Trans Liberation.