Still Life – Chilean Graves

Cemeteries in Chile are far from resembling European parks. Nothing is further from the visitor here than marble mausoleums, polished granite slabs or gilded grave inscriptions, as you can often find them in Western European cemeteries ..

Chilean graves are usually roofed over with a small hut, structures resembling garden sheds, made from materials that the relatives had at hand: wood, sheet metal …

These “houses” serve exclusively to protect the decorated grave: Through the window panes in which other tombs are reflected, you can see tons of artificial flowers, next to them in a colorful mess photos of the deceased, things that belonged to his life, photos, medals, maybe a doll or a toy car, plus a rosary and plaster figures of various Saints …