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MATTRESS GIRL IS BACK: And This Time, She’s Letting An Old Guy Tie Her Up For An Audience

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Grace Carr Reporter

Two years after dragging a dirty mattress around campus everywhere she went, Emma Sulkowicz is back, in barely any clothes, and getting tied up in public. Her most recent stunt features a professional dominatrix binding, berating, and hanging her from a ceiling, Broadly reports.

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Her “act” at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts features Sulkowicz sporting pink hair, a black coat, and nude high heels while standing below two beams hanging from the ceiling.

As the performance begins, a older man dressed in suit and tie — Master Avery — heckled Sulkowicz and tied her up with rope.

“We’re acting out this sadistic-masochistic relationship between the institution with all of its financial power, and this program that wants to be political but can’t be really because it’s being tied up by this institution,” Sulkowicz explained.

Master Avery tied Sulkowicz to a large wooden beam for 45 minutes before pulling her up in the air with a pulley system and beating her intensely. At one point, he asked if anyone else wanted to partake. One audience member volunteered, slapping Sulkowicz hard across the face.

At one point, a distraught audience member asked if she wanted to be untied. Oddly, another viewer added that there should have been a trigger warning before the performance.

Sulkowicz is best known for dragging a mattress around Columbia University her senior year in 2014 to protest the university’s handling of her sexual assault complaint against a fellow student. Her accused eventually graduated after Facebook messages came to light showing Sulkowicz carried on consorting with him for months after the incident. (RELATED: The Text Of The Mattress Girl Lawsuit Might Be The Lewdest We’ve Ever Read)

Her mattress carrying sparked a national debate about sexual assault on campus. She followed it up with a sex tape she claimed to be performance art.

While Sulkowicz became a national hero in the campaign against campus sexual assault, her accuser’s eventual lawsuit would use Facebook messages and other evidence to paint a picture of Sulkowicz as a jilted love interest whose deep obsession with Nungesser transformed into a savage hatred.

Blake Neff contributed to this report

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