“……we live in a society that
demands risky choices, it is one in which the powerful do the choosing,
while others do the risking.”
Shot in the heart of the financial city and using actual bankers, the work
alludes to the current economic crisis.
A group of men are waiting. The grand classical architecture with high solid
pillars and marble surroundings suggests stability, wealth and harmony. And
yet there seems to be a sense of unrest and uncertainty, no one is
communicating with one another signifying the break down of ‘the system’ in
this mise en scène of power and certainty. Disconnected, disorientated and
reminiscent of tragic figures in History painting, each is contemplating his
own situation as if standing alone in the crowd!
Are they are victim or victimizer? Or the key question lies elsewhere as
Zizek acutely observes, “What if [what economists call] ‘moral hazard’ is
inscribed in the fundamental structure of capitalism?” This is the risk that
someone will behave immorally because the law somehow protects them against
any loss that his/her behavior might cause.