"It is absurd that we are born; it is absurd that we die." (Jean-Paul Sartre)

Once a year undertakers from all over Europe take part in the "Devota", a trade fair for the funeral and mortuary business, displaying a wide range of grave and tomb supplies, coffins, as well as diverse religious items.

This time, the photographer Robert Rutoed was among the guests. For more than five years he has been haunting the trade fair scene in his project "Fair(y) Tales", documenting the burlesque atmosphere of the halls and display areas, capturing evidence of the poetic scenery around him. This year, the "Devota" displayed a wide range of colorful coffins, designer urns, memorial diamonds created out of ashes, and discovered unusual automobile trends: a hearse made by Italian sports car manufacturer Maserati, and a motorcycle with a coffin side car. Other highlights included the undertaker fashion show, and a live demonstration of a facial cast made from a corpse.

Fair(y) Tales: rutoed.com/fairytales


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