1997-2017 Rumpty Trumpty

Rumpty Trumpty, 1997-2017, series of 7, digital prints from film, 20” x 30” ea.
In 1997, I photographed the Trump Taj Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. In 2017, I reprinted the images from digital scans of the negatives. The surface of each photographic print displays extensive dust marks, scratches, etc., that were on the surface of the negative. These intended aspects show the passage of time through the dust accumulation, and interrupt the orientalist fantasy of the scenes depicted, a failed business since its opening in 1990, going into immediate debt, and finally closing down in 2016, after workers’ strikes for lack of payment, and with Trump the individual suing Trump the company to remove his name.