The Butchers

Meat is something that plays a significant role in our culture, yet we never experience its production. In the last decades, the meat industry has transitioned from manual slaughter by the farmer to highly specialised production factories. As demand for meat increased, the production turned clinical, efficient and faster than ever before.

In our consumer culture, we put the meat industries employees in a situation in which they have to work in mass production while at the same time, we are criticising them for the existence of their job. Butchers are scapegoats of society, blamed for all the fear and aversion which is, at least subconsciously connected to the killing of a living being.

Portraying butchers with their favourite pieces of meat, gave me an insight into the relationship employees have with the dead animals. They carry the meat, the product of their craftsmanship. Butchering is what they do for a living; it feeds them.

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Nina Schollaardt is a dutch
photographer, based in Amsterdam.

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