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Job Reuten: ”Repress nothing, embrace everything."

Interview Daphne van Langen
Translation Siji Jabbar
Photography Jerome de Lint

Keith Haring’s motto was: "Art is for everybody". What’s yours? I don’t have one single motto. I think everyone’s capable of making art, except that some don’t know it yet. A bricklayer is an artist, too, in my opinion. I see art in really broad terms: it’s not all painting; there’s art in cooking, photography, interior design, making love, talking, observing ... Life is full of art, and everyone’s an artist.

Where did you grow up? I was born in Zutphen, but we moved to Maastricht when I was one on account of my dad’s new job. He’d spotted a vacancy for a petting zoo keeper and, being a biologist, it had caught his interest. Thus my older sister, younger brother and I all grew up around animals. And since the zoo attracted lots of visitors, I learned to get along with people from all walks of life from an early age.

What were you like as a child? I was a rebellious outsider. I’d occasionally turn up at school in a dress, for instance. I was also severely dyslexic, and often the culprit in any mischief. That’s why I ended up attending three different schools. I always got along with the school principals, but could never see eye-to-eye with their underlings.

 

 

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