By Lieneke Hulshof

The Divine Comedy (La Divina Commedia) is an epic by the Florentine poet Dante Alighieri, written at the start of the 14th century. In the Commedia, Dante describes his imaginary journey through the three kingdoms of the hereafter: hell, purgatory and heaven.

Mai van Oers does not have an unequivocal representation of the hereafter. ‘Maybe there is nothing, or something, for me anything is possible’. When her mother died some time ago, she decided to transform the drawing on which she was working into an ode to her parents. In four drawings she travels with her father and mother ‘to the other side’. It is an associative Divina Commedia in which she strings together memories of her parents with her own ideas about what life after death might be like.