KAWITA Vatanajyankur

The Scale 2 



In her 2015 video, “The Scale 2,” above, the artist Kawita Vatanajyankur hangs suspended from ropes, eyes closed and arms outstretched, supporting two wide, flat baskets. A neon green background blazes out at the viewer, and dried rice begins to fall into the baskets. The trickle becomes a torrent; grains ricochet off her face as her arms sway under the load.

The downpour intensifies for two increasingly uncomfortable minutes before fading out. Throughout, her expression remains unchanged. (Written by Daniel McDermon in The New York Times)