Café des Sports, Torpedo Theater

Café des Sports, Torpedo Theater: live drawing.

A fun evening at the Amsterdam Torpedo Theatre, about boxing, with special guest middle class boxer Raymond Joval, sports writers  Wiep Idzenga, Jan van Mersbergen and Arthur van den Boogaard and photographer Michel Honig and me. I participated making live drawings and reading out a story written by my father Otto Jaquet, a childhood memory called ‘Bep van Klaveren.’

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Proud to be part of this book on how to see the world in different ways.
Also very useful for art education.
By Lorenzo Servi aka Seraglia.
You can preview the book here and order it here.

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Drawing in Tétouan

Drawing in TétouanDrawing in TétouanIn the waiting room of the doctor, in the departure hall of an airport, in the tram and on the subway. Or at a restaurant, when the food has not been served yet. Whenever I’m waiting, I’m drawing. However, unlike the other media I’m working in (e.g. photography, video, collage) I always took my drawing activities for granted. Until this last week in Morocco.

A couple of years ago I visited Marrakech for video work and photography. I put a small sketchbook and some watercolors in my suitcase, just in case. That was the first time I took the time and the courage to draw people in the streets. The idea to take my drawing talent more seriously started to bubble inside of me.

This year I got the chance: invited by Green Olive Arts, an artist residency in Tetouan, and with a grant from the Gerbrandy Culture Fund, I could go back to Morocco, where it all started. Making sketches, drawings and water colors of the people in the city.

I flew. With a larger sketchbook this time, and with my best watercolor set. And okay, with a camera too. A small one.

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At work in my studio, Green Olive Arts, Tétouan.

Soon my studio wall was covered with sketches and drawings. I took a short private course to learn to speak some Moroccan Arab, so that I would be able to communicate with the local people and ask permission to make a drawing or a short video.

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‘Sardines’, one minute video, Tétouan.

The photography workshop I had planned to give at one of the art schools, was cancelled. Instead, I went and gave children photography classes at a primary school. After a short explanation, they were allowed to take pictures of each other with my camera. With extraordinary results.

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Photography classes in Chefchaouen.

I got to know international artists from Green Olive Arts and artists who live in the city. We exchanged ideas and looked and gave feedback on each others work. In the case of the Tetouani artist Mahacine Al Ahrach we even exchanged real works: she chose one my drawings, and she gave me one of her etchings. We spent two mornings together. The first one in her studio at home, the second one inside the Medina, where I got to see all kinds of artisans at work: woodworkers, calligraphers (in stone), carpet makers and tanners. Mahacine and I still stay in contact.

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Mahacine Al Ahrach, Tétouan.

This week in Morocco will stay with me for a long time. I have experienced how it feels to be on your own in a strange country with a different culture, customs and language. I know how lost one can be feeling sometimes. And how good it is, just then, to be able to connect with the people.

The germ was laid for a new drawing project. In this time of growing xenophobia, I feel the need to speak up in my own way. To show the world: wherever we are, whether we are wearing a headscarf or not, we are all people.

Woman sitting on the pavement selling vegetables, Tétouan.

My work in Tétouan can be found here:
One Minute Movies.

Many thanks to Gerbrandy Cultuurfonds, Green Olive Arts and to the following people: Marian Bijlenga, Hiske Gerbrandy, Jeff Mc Robbie, Rachel Pearsey, Peter Herron, Tanja Verkruijsse, Rogier van der Ploeg and those who have sponsored me by purchasing an artwork.

Illusions & Optical Phenomena 2016 – Calendar

Illusions & Optical Phenomena 2016
Proud to be part of this calendar with some of my works.
You can order it here:


Exhibition: A Family of Artists

Exhibition: A Family of Artists – January 24 through march 27, 2016


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Platform Platvorm | Show What You Want Show

Friday the 11th of December the second issue of Platform Platvorm magazine has been launched at the Melkweg Expo with the opening of the ‘Show what you want show round 2’. This exhibition will run next to the launch of the second issue of the magazine at Melkweg Expo in Amsterdam.

Everyone, who’s work is featured in the second issue of the magazine, was asked to bring a work and install it in the space. The exhibition follows the same concept as the magazine. Platform Platvorm is an open call art magazine where artists are in control. Each participant has the opportunity to make a spread about their own work without any interference in the visual content. As a result the content remains fully original and very diverse. The artist can show the work as it was intended.

I contribute to both to the magazine and the exhibition with selections of collages from my Madonna&Child series.

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Launch Platform Platvorm #2 &
11 December t/m 3 January
Opening: Friday 11 december, 20:00 (free entrance)
Open: Wed t/m Sun, 12:00-21:00
Entrance: through Melkweg Café (Marnixstraat 409)


Christmas Sale WG 2015

Christmas Sale WG 2015

100 + art works
100 + artists
100 euros per art work

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During the weekend of December 12th and 13th 2015, from 12:00 to 18:00 you are all welcome to come and have a look at  the artworks on sale at WG Kunst, Marius van Bouwdijk Bastiaansestraat 28, Amsterdam.

These three original collages ‘Salon’, ‘Mother of Pearl’ and ‘Lorelei’, each about 20×25 cm in size, in custom-made wooden frame, will be on sale there for € 100, –

Conference On Dementia – Drawings & Paintings

Conference On Dementia – Drawings & Paintings – Exhibition


Meet The Experts. Toneelschuur, Haarlem, november 30th 2015.
With Leny van Dalen (host), Sjuul Schaepkens (movie ‘Gaga’), Jos van Hest (poetry readings) and Maartje Jaquet (drawings and paintings of her mother, a series in progress called Mamma). Plus: a slideshow of self portraits by William Utermohlen and the movie ‘Verdwaald in het Geheugenpaleis’ by Klara van Es.


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Photography assignment for an article about the phenomenon of people seeing faces in all kinds of things.

Whistler – it takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait, London (2012).
The title both refers to the face that seems to be whistling and to the name of the London based painter / writer James McNeill Whistler (1834 – 1903), whose quote is in the subtitle of the photo.

AO Huisexpositie

AO Huisexpositie
Saturday 21st & sunday 22nd of november, 12 – 7 PM
Exhibition Atelier Open
Jan Voermanstraat 21
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With works by Herman Schouwburg, Shelley Savor, Tom Thijsse, Edith Brouwer, Erik Timmermans, Fitacola, Maartje Jaquet, and many more.