NATHANIEL SULLIVAN / While The Nation Went Bankrupt



On September 15 2008, Lehman Brothers, a 158 year old investment bank filed for bankruptcy. In the following weeks, the largest American banks were bailed out, and a new era in finance began. Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, was poised to benefit the most. What is a powerful white man to do once risk had been socialized yet profit remained private? Little is known about what went on in the corner offices of the banks, in the backrooms of the Federal Reserve and behind the closed doors of the mansions of the 0.01%. Until now.

While The Nation Went Bankrupt tells the story of the financial crisis through the fictional love letters of Jamie Dimon. The performance is in part an alternative and more libidinal history of our current financial crisis, and an exploration of the metaphoric creep of the neoliberal ideology into all areas of life. Not quite fiction and not quite satire, the letters are a cry in the dark from an insular world that brought us all to the brink of financial, physical and moral ruin.


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