giving up the ghost

Charlestowne Mall, St. Charles, IL

Forest Fair Mall, Cincinnati, OH

Evergreen Plaza Mall, Evergreen Park, IL

Crestwood Mall, St. Louis, MO

Metcalf South Mall, Overland Park, KS

Giving Up the Ghost is a series of examinations of a ‘mostly dead’ malls in the Midwest. The music blares, the lights are on, the walls are glossed and the floors are polished. The films slowly navigate the malls, accompanied by the very music that continues to play through the hallways. These malls preserve the illusion of functionality, even when they are almost vacant. They endure a state of rigor mortis, a precarious state of being that occurs after death but before decay.