This morning SpeakOut! received an anonymous email from those behind the Louis Brandeis protest art installation. This message was included along with these pictures:
"This act of protest was inspired by Emma Sulkowicz and her recent senior art thesis. Her thesis is a performance piece in response to Columbia University’s mishandling of her own sexual assault case during her sophomore year. For her project, titled “Mattress Performance” or “Carry That Weight”, she will be carrying around a extra long twin-sized mattress with her to symbolize the lasting effects of her trauma that follow her through her daily life. We want to support Emma in bringing the issue of sexual violence and institutional complacency to light.
We chose to place the mattress on the statue of Louis Brandeis because he has come to represent the fight for social justice in our nation and is simultaneously the face of our university. The statue depicts Louis Brandeis struggling against the winds of injustice. We need the community to recognize that sexual violence is as real and prevalent as any other injustice and that Brandeis is failing to respond to it as such. In the above pictures, Louis is representative of the survivors at this university who carry the burden of their experiences on a day-to-day basis. Our goal is first to show our support for Emma and all survivors. In addition to this, we hope to catch the attention, not only of our senior administrators, but the entire Brandeis community so that survivors no longer have to #CarryThatWeight alone.”