Beatriz Perez Photography; wood surface; wooden bench; weathered wood; grandmas house; dry grapes; raisins
Beatriz Perez Photography; wood surface; wooden table; weathered wood; grandmas house
Beatriz Perez Photography; wood surface; wooden chair; weathered wood; grandmas house; broken chair
Beatriz Perez Photography; wood surface; wooden wine barrel; weathered wood; grandmas house
Beatriz Perez Photography; stone ledge; grandmas house; everyday objects
Beatriz Perez Photography; Grandmas House; kitchen; cooking pot
Beatriz Perez Photography; clay pots; broken pots;  grandmas house
Beatriz Perez Photography; wellies; welli boots; grandmas house

The House on Abeledos Street

©Beatriz Perez 2013

All Images Untitled

Digital Lambda C-Type Prints

This is an ongoing personal documentary project that has as starting point my grandmother’s house located in 106 Abeledos Street, in Monforte de Lemos, a small town in north-western Spain, in the province of Lugo, Galicia, This is the house where my mother grew up, and the house where I was born and lived until I was 6 years old.

The project draws on my rich Hispanic heritage and aims to give a visual account of the past, present and uncertain future of this small town. It is a reflection on presence and absence, a tribute to the faithful departed and their legacy, while questioning the continuation of this legacy for generations to come.

Monforte de Lemos, like many other small towns have been deserted by the younger generations who move into the bigger cities in search for better opportunities and a brighter future. The town comes back to life in summer when they return to visit their relatives. Significant efforts have been made by the government in order to revive this area and attract tourism. Monforte de Lemos is the gateway to the Ribeira Sacra, an emerging wine region in Spain – the region has been designated DO in 1996, though wine has been produced here for years.  The wines still grow on traditional stone terraces that cling to the almost vertical hillsides of deep river canyons. This is "heroic viticulture" based on harsh manual labour.

This landscape, along with the climate, the local language and the strong local culture, all help make Galicia distinctly different from the rest of Spain. 

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