Oct 31, 2011
Undertakers on the Catwalk
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 Rutöd 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 an unusual automobile trend: 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.