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Genereuze Maaltijd (Heaven and Hell) - Paul Donker Duyvis


Genereuze Maaltijd Installation view Vrije Academie Den Haag / Scheveningen 2003
Photo Paul Donker Duyvis

Genereuze Maaltijd (Heaven)
Photo: Paul Donker duyvis, 150 x 100 m C-Print

Genereuze Maaltijd (Hell)
Photo: Paul Donker duyvis, 150 x 100 m C-Print

Story about Heaven and Hell

Once there was a very honest and faithfull monk , who had the chance to observe Heaven and Hell in his dream. First he walked towards Hell, where he could find a sumptuous room. In the middle of the room there was a big table, and on top of it there was an incredibly delicious banquet. Around this table there were people seated holding very long chopstiks. It is actually not bad at all to be in Hell, thought the monk with a little bit of envy.However as he could better observe, all the people who were seated around the banquet had very gready eyes and were very skiny. The monk found it very strange because the delicious food was more than enough for all of them, so he decided to look closer.

They were all trying very hard to quickly get their food but the long chopstiks were difficulting the task, and even if they could manage to pick something, they could not get the food into their mouths, the chopstiks were again too long for that! And as if that was not enough, they were all trying to be the first to eat, so the chopstiks were hopelessly hitting eachother into a big chaos and that brought them to a huge argument.That is why there was not one person who could get one peace of food into their mouth.

Finally the monk could understand their hungry gaze and their bonny bodies.After leaving the room in Hell, the monk walked towards Heaven. And just like in Hell there was a sumptuous room with a round table in the middle. On top of the table there was also a delicious banquet and around it there were people seated with long chopstiks in their hands. However hier, they were all smiling and looked quite heathy.As he could observe, they were using the long chopstiks to give food to the person seated at the opposite side. The one that was fed, feeling gratitude, picked some food to retribute and offered back to the person. They could all wait for their turn and were all pleaseantly satisfied.


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