MATRILINEAL / Rachael Mauney & Telmo Branco

Rachael Mauney / Telmo Branco /

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.

Rachael Mauney (they/them) is a queer, body-oriented artist and activist from Berlin. Numerous international collaborations including Eva Baumann, Telmo Branco, Kosmas Kosmopoulos (Luna Park Athens), Alexandra Pirici, Johannes Wieland, Alice Gosti, Katherine Horrigan, Marcus J. Willis, Rob J. Priore, Kyoko Ruch, and Christopher K. Morgan. She is interested in critical approaches to the colonized body and in the conceptualization of the body as testimony. With the support of DISTANCE Solo, Rachael is currently developing "Matrilineal: Performance Project and Activism Concerning Domestic Violence" and is involved in the Queer Trans Liberation political movement for the community.

Telmo Branco
(they/them) is an interdisciplinary non-binary artist with training in acting, performance art, physical theater, and contemporary dance. Telmo reflects oppression as a denominator of individual and collective traumas institutionalized in the social and family unit. At Acker Stadt Palast in November 2021 was the work "The Unspeakable", a performance research on the cultural stigmatization of trauma. Telmo Branco is a curator and member of "Moving the Forum" at the Humboldt Forum Berlin; the film "The Tradition - The Film" is currently showing in galleries and film festivals. More

Rachael Mauney & Telmo Branco take part in #share with their production MATRILINEAL, a digital video format from Acker Stadt Palast.

Funded by Neustart - Bundesverband Soziokultur - Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien und Berliner Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.