For her senior thesis, a performance titled “Mattress Performance” or “Carry That Weight,” Sulkowicz will drag her dorm room mattress everywhere she goes. The project ends, says Sulkowicz, when her rapist is either expelled or leaves the school. The project was loaded with symbolism from the beginning. But now, another layer has been added to the piece, and it’s beautiful:
Louisiana imprisons more of its people, per head, than any of its U.S. counterparts. First among Americans means first in the world. Louisiana’s incarceration rate is nearly triple Iran’s, seven times China’s and 10 times Germany’s.