“And then came the smell, the heat of the animals before dying, the cold after death, their screams, the hustle and bustle of people coming and going, the butchers cutting up the animals, the offices and the accountants, trucks loading and unloading…this was a slaughterhouse! And now it is a cemetery, but with no carcasses”.


Sometimes I fall in love with ruins/ with their aroma their fog their secrets/ their shreds of pain make me blush but their remembrance nurtures me…

Mario Benedetti. RUINS.

Eduardo Nave evokes the history of a place under the guise of a ruin. His way of seeing lends a melancholic feeling to the work, expressed as absence. The decaying walls of the Matadero (Slaughterhouse) reveal the impermanence of human activity, the passing of time and the finitude of things. Enigma arises from contemplating what was once there, but is now impossible to reconstruct. Emptiness endows the landscapes with a dreamlike dimension known to haunted places. The consequent loss of meaning entices one to rebuild it, thereby allowing the ruin to become a space for fantasies and imaginative speculation. But fantasy and imagination also conjure up ghosts. The Matadero’s deserted chambers are inhabited by specters, the photographer’s own desires, fears and concerns projected onto these remnants from the past.

Mireia A. Puigventos
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    District of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain).
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.
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    The old municipal slaughterhouse of Legazpi (Madrid, Spain). At present transformed into “Matadero Madrid”, a great cultural center.